Haiti

First Person Account from Aid Worker Shows Logistical Difficulties Facing Haiti Relief Efforts

A note from a World Food Program specialist offers some insight into the logistical challenges facing rescue workers in Haiti

This note from a World Food Program worker in Haiti, posted to an internal WFP message board (and reprinted with permission, via ), offers some insights into the logistical challenges facing rescue workers.  The author's name is Pierre Petry.

Ushahidi in Haiti: What’s Needed Now

My main experience with disasters comes from working at an international development organization in El Salvador and happening to be the only senior manager who wasn’t on annual vacation when a huge earthquake struck almost exactly 9 years ago, on January 13, 2001. The rush to act was immediate, and it was a lot of learning by doing.  I got handed the responsibility by fate I suppose and didn’t do such a bad job of it, if I do say so.

Bill Clinton and Haiti

Bill Clinton has raised $2.6 million from 30,000 donors in the last 24 hours. He will also likely be tapped to play a major fund raising role for the UN.

As I said in my Daily Beast item, one of the best things that Haiti has going for it right now is Bill Clinton.  Last spring, the Secretary General tapped the former president to be his special envoy for Haiti.

Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in the United States

Sending aid to Haiti isn’t the only thing we can do to help the country. We can also help Haitians help themselves.

Sending aid to Haiti isn’t the only thing we can do to help the country. We can also help Haitians help themselves. The US could grant Haitians in the United States Temporary Protected Status (TPS). It’s a kind of temporary immigration relief offered to countries that have suffered severe disasters. TPS lets nationals of the disaster-hit country apply for work authorization, allows them to travel outside the US, and prevents them from deportation.

Ted Turner and Sen Tim Wirth at the UN Today for Investors Summit on Climate Risk

UN Foundation President Tim Wirth and Chair Ted Turner appeared on CNBC this morning to talk about Haiti and about a major meeting on green investing at the UN.

Haiti has justifiably been taking up alot of energy and focus of the United Nations over the last two days. But it is worth noting that there has been a long scheduled meeting of entrepreneurs and investors concerned about climate change at the UN today.

Haiti's Coming Public Health Challenges

Haitians now face a daunting set of health challenges, including typhoid, dengue fever, malaria, and getting treatment for serious injuries.

Once you’ve survived the earthquake, what happens? Haitians now face a daunting set of health challenges, including typhoid, dengue fever, malaria, and getting treatment for serious injuries.

Haiti Earthquake: Video of Rescue at UN Compound

A chilling video of a rescue attempt at the MINUSTAH headquarters.

See this post for a statement from the acting MINUSTAH spokesperson.   As of noon, a UN official said at least 50-100 people were still trapped in the rubble.

Haiti Earthquake. The Day After, Part II

MSF says all hospitals are unusable. OCHA Chief says 50-100 people still trapped in the rubble of the UN HQ. First statement from MINUSTAH. Continuous updates.

On a conference call with Medicines sans Frontiere moments ago, a representative in Haiti said that all of the hospitals to which it would normally refer patients have either collapsed or are otherwise unusable.  All MSF can do at the moment is administer first aid. There are no "referral" options for secondary care beyond first aid, but MSF is exploring options to deploy a "floating hospital" to Haiti.  

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