2010 Haiti Earthquake

Standing among rubble and debris, students of St. Gerard School observe their school’s construction site – as well as goats traversing the wreckage

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Keeping Children Alive, Safe and Learning

In 2010 and 2011, Haiti was struck by two disasters—first the devastating earthquake, then a terrifying nationwide cholera epidemic. UNICEF, Haiti's long-term development partner for decades, scaled up its work to meet the critical needs of Haiti’s children in health, water and sanitation, education and protection during these twin crises.

UNICEF has helped:

  • vaccinate more than 3,000,000 Haitian children including many who had never before been immunized
  • slash the proportion of underweight children from 18% in 2005 to 11.4% in 2012
  • more children go to school than ever before, distributing school kits for 750,000 children in 2012 alone
  • provide nutrition and breastfeeding counseling to hundreds of thousands of mothers
  • develop a three-year strategy to support the government's cholera elimination effort

In 2014, UNICEF aims to vaccinate 500,000 Haitians against cholera and provide 1.5 million children with micronutrient supplements.

Moving Beyond Recovery to Lasting Change

Maintaining momentum for lasting change is critical. Haiti's infrastructure remains damaged and fragile. Over 170,000 Haitians still dwell in temporary camps. UNICEF remains committed to building on the resilience demonstrated by Haiti's families and bringing a brighter future to Haiti's children. 

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