Ettore Rossetti
Ettore Rossetti campaign leader

1-Month Haiti Update from Save the Children

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Dear Save the Children Supporters,

We are one month into the emergency relief response in Haiti, providing life saving assistance to victims of the now infamous 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The government in Haiti has reported that the death toll may be as high as 200,000 people. An additional 300,000 people have been reported injured. We plan to provide emergency assistance to save lives, alleviate suffering and support the recovery of 800,000 people (including 470,000 children) effected by the earthquake. So far, we have reached about 477,139 beneficiaries to date.

Save the Children is working very hard to build back a better Haiti. We plan to transition into longer term rehabilitation and reconstruction to ensure a better future for Haiti’s children. We are monitoring the situation closely and assessing where and what interventions might be most helpful in both the short and longer term.

Here are a few updates on our recent activity:

• We have reached a total of 6,025 households (30,125 people) with non-food items and emergency relief items such as blankets, hygiene kits, mosquito nets, rope and cooking utensils.
• A tankering of clean drinking water continues, expanding capacity to reach 62,400 people each day. To date, we have built 179 emergency latrines benefitting 8,950 people; constructed 115 emergency bathing areas benefitting 11,500 people and erected emergency water storage points. These and other WASH interventions are benefitting a total of 120,011 people.
• It rained shortly before sunrise on Thursday morning, the first significant rain since the earthquake, raising concerns about the start of the rainy season. We aim to cover 100% of the need for plastic sheeting before the 1st of May.
• The Ministry of Health and WHO report that the most common diseases being presented to health facilities are acute respiratory tract infections, suspected malaria and diarrhea. Save the Children’s mobile health teams have now seen a total of 16,870 patients. We have now opened a clinic in Petionville Club, one of the largest camps in Port-au-Prince with an estimated population of 80,000 people.
• In Jacmel, Save the Children continues to co-lead the sub-national health cluster and worked with the Ministry of Health to conduct a mass measles (with rubella) campaign. A total of 1,260 children were vaccinated. We have also screened the mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) of 912 children, of which 9 were found to have severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and 23 were found to have moderate malnutrition.
• Our child protection programs have benefitted over 15,000 children through 18 Mobile Child Friendly Spaces in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel. The program has also involved 110 community volunteers. A Family Tracing and Reunification call center and drop in center has been set up at the UN logistics base, managed by Save the Children in coordination with UNICEF, the International Rescue Committee and the ICRC. Twenty-seven community registration workers have been trained and began registering children at hospitals and camps in Port-Au-Prince. To date, 97 children have been identified as separated or unaccompanied and will go through the Family Tracing and Reunification process.
• Read our Statement on child protection in Haiti here: http://www.savethechildren.org/newsroom/2010/statement-on-haiti.html
Learn more about our Child Friendly Spaces program here: http://www.savethechildren.org/newsroom/2010/children-safety-teams.html
• We have provided food to 244,800 people, including 146,880 children. Additionally, we are now directly reaching 1,246 households with Cash-for-Work (CfW), including 400 households in Petionville and 856 households in Chatuley (Jacmel). CfW participants are focused namely on cleaning and rubbish removal.
• Read more about our food distribution program in partnership with World...

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