The HUMANITARIAN COALITION

January 19, 2010 13:17 ET

Haiti Update: Humanitarian Coalition Releases Week One Update on Haiti Relief Efforts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2010) - One week after a devastating earthquake shattered Haiti, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION's member agencies released an update of the funds raised and the rescue and relief work done to date by their aid workers and issued an appeal for the continued generosity of Canadians.

"Canadians have answered the call for rescue in an extraordinary way, enabling the HUMANITARIAN COALITION to deliver emergency relief to thousands of needy Haitians," said Nicolas Moyer, Coordinator of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION. "As the immediacy of emergency rescue shifts to the next stage of relief - food, shelter, more stable water supplies, medical care and care and schooling for children, the continued generosity of Canadians will assist the HUMANITARIAN COALITION to help Haitians rebuild their lives and their country."

"There is desperate need in Haiti, and we're all desperate to meet that need as quickly as possible. But we have to make sure we do it right," said Kevin McCort, President and CEO of CARE Canada, member of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION. "You can't simply throw food out the window of a truck and spark a riot. Giving medical aid requires doctors, and delivering relief supplies requires trained professionals. Agencies like CARE and Oxfam and Save the Children have decades of experience delivering aid in emergencies."

"As our staff on the ground scramble to ensure people's most immediate needs are met, we're already thinking about how we can help survivors rebuild," said Oxfam Canada Executive Director, Robert Fox. "Unless we listen to the voices of Haitians, there is little prospect for long-term success."

WEEK ONE: THE HUMANITARIAN COALITION BY THE NUMBERS:



- More than 600 aid workers on the ground
- $3.5 million dollars raised towards its $5 million dollar objective
- Distribution of water purification tablets to Haitians, with a focus on
pregnant women, new mothers and children, with a goal of reaching 75,000
people.
- 4 water bladders, containing 5,000 litres deployed
- Distribution of 2200 Hygiene Kits and 1500 jerry cans
- Water distribution at 19 sites and 10,000 litres of water to 10,000
displaced Haitians located on a former golf course in Delmas and to a
hospital in Carrefour.
- Small tool distribution
- Handing out of 40 Household kits to families at Hopital Espoir in Port-
au-Prince
- Deployment of Food and water for 2000 to a local hospital. Food included
items such as tinned fish, crackers, rice, beans, powdered milk, tomato
sauce, bottled water, and cooking oil.
- Allocation of IV solutions and other medicines to 14 hospitals and
clinics.
- Distribution of hygiene kits to help stop the spread of disease that is
common immediately after a disaster.


"The current urgency of the situation has generated an enormous amount of effort on the part of local partners, ONGs, as well as all of the actors already present in Haiti. However, we cannot neglect the importance of the long-term needs with regard to reconstruction and development. I would also like to draw attention to the food emergency that Haiti has been experiencing for a number of years, which only stands to worsen if radical measures are not taken," emphasizes Michel Verret, Acting General Director of Oxfam-Quebec.

"In a time of such turmoil, many Haitians are showing great dignity," said David Morley, President and CEO of Save the Children Canada. "While the circumstances remain desperate for many, we are seeing entire communities of people coming together and handling the situation with patience and understanding."

The Government of Canada has pledged to match dollar-for-dollar, up to $50 million dollars, the contributions of Canadians, so every dollar donated makes a difference. By continuing to give to the HUMANITARIAN COALITION, Canadians can be sure that their contributions are having an immediate impact for the people of Haiti.

The HUMANITARIAN COALITION, with the joint efforts of its members, CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Quebec and Save the Children Canada, provides a widespread and effective response to emergencies, with a combined presence in 120 countries. In Haiti alone, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION has more than 600 aid personnel on the ground, ensuring that the donations of Canadians reach those in desperate need in an efficient, effective and coordinated fashion.

To donate to the HUMANITARIAN COALITION, call 1-800-464-9154, visit humanitariancoalition.ca or send donations to the HUMANITARIAN COALITION, PO Box 65035, Ottawa, ON, K2G 5Y3

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