Haiti

The Republic of Haiti is a small Caribbean nation plagued by a history of earthquakes, instability and dictatorship. As a result, Haiti as the poorest nation in the Americas. The small nation, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, was the first black-led republic and the first independent state in the Caribbean after a revolution against the French colonialist in the early 19th century. Haiti is frequently plagued by natural disasters and is ill-equipped to deal with the aftermath. The country is heavily reliant on international aid. Seventy-eight percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day.

When the 7.0 earthquake struck Port-au-Prince in January 2010, International Medical Corps was on-the-ground saving lives within 22 hours. During the initial emergency response, International Medical Corps deployed more than 400 medical volunteers to provide lifesaving care to Haitians. International Medical Corps has continued working in Haiti since the devastating earthquake by providing important medical care and responding to the ongoing cholera outbreak and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

As of April, 2013, International Medical Corps Haiti is focused strategically on the North and North East Departments of Haiti, due to the vulnerability of the population. International Medical Corps is operational out of Cap Haitien; Haiti’s second largest city (North Department) and Fort Liberty (North East Department). Flooding in Northern Haiti in November 2014 and January 2015 has exacerbated risks for cholera, typhoid and malaria.

QUICK FACTS

  • Population

    Population
    9.9 Million

  • age

    Median Age
    22.2Years

  • life

    Life Expectancy
    63.18 Years

  • life

    Fertility Rate
    2.79 children per mother

OUR PROGRAMS IN HAITI

  • Population

    Response to Cholera

Haiti Earthquake: Honoring Five Years
Five-years after the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti, International Medical Corps’ teams are still on the ground delivering vital health care and training services to help disaster-affected communities return to self-reliance.

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CURRENT PROGRAMS

Cholera Response

The ongoing Haiti cholera outbreak is the worst epidemic of cholera in recent history, according to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC). Since the outbreak began in October 2010, until August 2014, there have been 8,592 deaths from cholera and 706,089 suspected cases of cholera. Despite having made significant progress from previous years, in 2014 and 2015, cholera still sends thousands of people to hospitals and health centers every month, and remains deadly.

International Medical Corps was one of the first responders to Haiti’s cholera epidemic, rolling out a network of 10 cholera treatment centers that provided lifesaving cholera care and treatment services to more than 33,215 cholera patients. We also linked the cholera treatment centers to a network of 24 oral rehydration points and ran 4 mobile medical units. In addition, we reached 723,255 community members with cholera awareness and prevention messages. Today we continue to provide cholera treatment and prevention services in Southern Haiti.

RESOURCES

Water and Sanitation in Haiti

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Fast Company: International Medical Corps Helps Haiti in its Long Haul

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InStyle: Sienna Miller's Hope for Haiti

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RECENT STORY

Monley's Story: A Young Survivor of the Haiti Earthquake

Five-year-old Monley was pulled from the rubble of the Haiti earthquake after being trapped for an astonishing 8 days. As most of the world was losing those final glimmers of hope that survivors of the earthquake in Haiti could still be rescued, Monley’s uncle, Garry, uncovered him from under the collapsed home that had killed Monley’s parents.

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For 30 years, International Medical Corps has worked to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease by delivering vital health care services that focus on training, helping devastated populations return to self-reliance.

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