Haiti 2010 Earthquake Response

New map shows building damage across Haiti

The United Nations has issued an updated map of building damage resulting from the January 12 earthquake. The map (2.1 MB pdf), which covers Port-au-Prince and Carrefour, is one of many maps available from UNOSAT, the UN Operational Satellite Applications Program. Read more…

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Vulnerable nursing home residents to get long-term relief

The early stories out of Port-au-Prince reported elderly nursing home patients lying on the ground, bereft of medical care, food, water and sanitation.  Heart-breaking videos revealed appalling conditions.  In one, an elderly women wept.   Read more…

New controversy highlights plight of unaccompanied children in disaster

Photo by Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Barker (DVIDSHUB at Flickr)

More controversy regarding U.S. evacuations of Haitian orphans arose today when the New York Times reported that an airlift of 54 children to the U.S. left 12 children – who may not all be orphans – in limbo because they had not been cleared through the process for adoption and transfer from Haiti. Read more…

Preval says death toll could reach 300,000

Above:  Workers removing rubble from the streets of Martissant, a suburb of Port-au-Prince very near to the epicenter of the earthquake. Photo by Adam Rogers/ UNDP (at Flickr)

At an international aid meeting in Mexico, Haiti’s president, Rene Preval, said there could be another 100,000 dead still buried in the rubble.  Added to the 200,000 bodies that Haiti’s government says it picked up on the streets, that means the total death toll from the January 12 earthquake could be 300,000.

Meanwhile, “a 16-member commission in Haiti’s senate has been debating the effectiveness of Preval’s government,” reports UPI, and should release it conclusions on Tuesday.

Hospitals in Haiti charge patients for donated medicine

Currently, Haiti has about 90 public, private hospitals and field hospitals.  They depend on the United Nations for supplies of medicine, which it provides without charge.  But, about a dozen of the hospitals are charging patients for donated medicine, and care. Read more…

Explanations change, but red tape endures

Just when it seemed that the last obstacle to medical evacuations had cleared, a new obstacle has emerged.  After ten Americans were arrested trying to take children out of Haiti, private evacuations of injured Haitian children to the U.S. for life-saving care have again slowed to a crawl.  Without certain paperwork in hand, “Aid workers, doctors and government officials are worried about being accused of kidnapping,” reports the New York Times.  American Customs officials reportedly have failed to give pilots required forms prior to take off. Read more…

G7 countries agree to cancel Haiti’s debts

At a summit in northern Canada, the Group of Seven countries agreed to a plan that will cancel roughly $1.2 billion of Haiti’s debts to countries and international lenders.  The G7 group includes Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.  Other creditors include Venezuela and Taiwan.

Second Haiti telethon airs tonight, 8 pm ET

Tonight, at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, BET, MTV, VH1 and Centric will present a two-hour telethon to raises funds for Haiti relief.  “SOS Saving OurSelves – Help for Haiti,” will be hosted by Sean “Diddy” Combs, Queen Latifah and Pharrell.  Proceeds from the show, which will be streamed live on bet.com, will go to the organizations Yele Haiti, CARE, Project Medishare and Children’s Safe Drinking Water.

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Donations keep coming, even from America’s homeless

The Baltimore chapter of the American Red Cross reports that it recently received a combined donation of $14.64 during a church service for homeless people at a downtown shelter.  Others in Baltimore have given generously, too, giving the Red Cross a total of $400,000 to help Haitians recover from the terrible January 12 earthquake.

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Officials now blame Super Bowl for freeze on medical airlifts

Last Wednesday, the government put a freeze on medical evacuations of Haitians to hospitals in the U.S. for critical care.  Since then, Florida and federal officials have offered conflicting explanations for the freeze, which came after Florida Governor Charlie Crist sent a letter to HHS requesting reimbursement for the cost of Haitian medical care. Crist says his letter was misinterpreted. Still, two Haitians on the evacuation list died waiting for help that never arrived.

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