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Caritas still working in Haiti, two years after the earthquake

Paolo BeccegatoCaritas Internationalis (Italy)“We were working from those first minutes in coordination with Caritas Haiti, sending professional and financial resources, and containers, etc. It was very oriented toward the work of first responders, toward humanitarian aid, water supply and other basic necessities.”Haiti?s coastline is about 90 miles from Cuba. In the early nineteenth century it gained its independence from France. It?s also the poorest country in the Americas.

The situation was made that much worse by the earthquake of 2010. It was followed by a cholera epidemic that killed 7,000 people. Even now, it?s estimated that roughly 200 people contract the disease every day. So far, more than half a million people have been infected in Haiti. Paolo BeccegatoCaritas Internationalis (Italy)“During these two years we have worked hard in the prevention of cholera, water purification and medical care. It?s not only important to rebuild homes, schools and hospitals, but also to look to the future and to these new dramas within the drama of the earthquake.”As with many disasters, those who suffer the most are the children. Caritas Internationalis in Haiti is paying special attention to their health.Paolo BeccegatoCaritas Internationalis (Italy)“Haiti has one of the worst rates of basic health and maternal-child health in the world. The mortality rate for mothers in childbirth and infant mortality are still very worrying. In the future we will work more in this field because it?s the future of the country.”The organization Oxfam recently published the report titled “Haiti: The Slow Road to Recovery.” It states that actually rebuilding the island has not been as fast as it should. It notes that more than half a million people still live in tents. About half of the debris from the earthquake has not yet been removed. PH/AEAM / OxfamHC- PR