THE 2010 EARTHQUAKEDISASTER IN HAITI IS NOW A HEALTH CARE DISASTER
2013: It is past the time to do the right thing in Haiti: a concerted and sustainedinternational effort to rebuild Haiti and Haitian lives.
A THREE-YEAR TIME LINE• January 10, 2010 --- The earthquake, which takes an estimated 30,000 lives.• Immediately after January 10, 2010--- international relief and fund raising• October 2010 --- Outbreak of cholera, a water-borne disease, which eventually takes an estimated 8,000 lives.
A THREE-YEAR TIME LINE (continued)• October 2010 --- Hurricane Tomas exacerbates recovery and reconstruction and intensifies health care problems.• 2011 and 2012 --- Recovery and reconstruction progresses, albeit slowly, and cholera lingers on.• January 2013 --- Disaster workers begin to leave; cholera lingers on.
In the eastern Caribbean, Tomas left at least 14 dead, many homeless, and islandnations suffering from millions of dollars in damages to banana crops, housing, and infrastructure from wind, flooding, and landslides
A concerted, coordinated,and sustained international effort to rebuild Haiti and Haitian lives will require a new approach that balances science and engineering, politics, and reality.
REALITY CHECK Haiti needs: CLEAN WATER, Robust shelters and housing,Infrastructure, A port, An airfield, … Business Enterprise, Someone who cares
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERINGHaiti is still located in a geographic area prone to disasters caused by earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, andlandslides, … the 2013 hurricane season is only 5 months away
The bottom line:an unpresidented concerted andsustained international effort that finishes the job.