As the two-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010 approaches, the European Commission has allocated a further €3 million to the 2011 humanitarian aid budget for the country, bringing its total humanitarian funding in 2011 to €38.5 million.
Despite significant progress over the two years there remain many challenges in terms of rehabilitation and reducing Haitians’ vulnerability. Hundreds of thousands are still homeless because of the earthquake and the population as a whole is at risk of cholera.
Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said: ‘So long as Haitians need us we'll be there, and for the moment there remain significant humanitarian needs that the Haitian government cannot handle alone. We must also ensure that there is a successful transition from relief to reconstruction.’