On January 12, 2010, a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, just west of the capital of Port-au-Prince, home to nearly a million people. More than a quarter of a million homes, schools, and other buildings collapsed, killing an estimated 230,000 people and injuring many more. Some 4,000 survivors underwent amputations to save their lives.
Humanity and Inclusion's massive emergency response made a considerable impact: 90,000 people received rehabilitation or other health care, 1,400 people received prosthetic limbs and orthopedic fittings, 5,600 wheelchairs, crutches, and other mobility aids were distributed, and 25,000 people received psychological support.
Our emergency response teams are still active in Haiti through a project called the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM), which, in partnership with UNICEF, provides earthquake and storm monitoring, alert systems, and emergency responses to the natural disasters which regularly plague the country.
When a new emergency arises, the RRM is capable of mobilizing pre-identified teams to perform immediate assessments and provide a multi-sector response including the distribution of food, water, and other necessities, and the establishment of sanitation, health, educational, and child protection services. The mechanism forms an integral part of the national contingency plan of the Haitian Civil Protection Department.