11/01/2013 – Three years after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti, the EU continues to address the humanitarian needs in the country. Immediately after the earthquake in 2010, the European Union responded to the massive needs swiftly and decisively, saving lives and providing shelter to many of the 1.5 million Haitians who had lost their homes and livelihoods.
Despite significant achievements that have been made so far in the response to the earthquake, needs still remain, and have even increased in some areas in 2012 due to new natural disasters such as the recent tropical storm Isaac and hurricane Sandy. Thus, European humanitarian aid needs to continue, helping people still living in camps, ensuring continued access to water and primary health care, improving sanitation and promoting hygiene. Another key area of humanitarian work in Haiti is the continuing response to the cholera epidemic and preventing its spread.
Since the earthquake struck in 2010, €213 million in EU humanitarian aid were mobilised for Haiti - including an additional €30.5 million announced today by Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, who is currently visiting Haiti. The funding will mainly help those still homeless as a result of the earthquake, cholera victims and those badly affected by Hurricane Sandy.So far EU humanitarian aid has helped 5 million people in the country, meaning every second Haitian.