IRD helped provide shelter, sanitation, and hygiene assistance, as well as medicine, clothes, and shoes, to Leogane, Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010.

IRD established a presence in Haiti on January 18, in order to provide emergency assistance in response to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas on January 12. The field team included experts in rapid response and assessment, refugee camp management, infrastructure, and health, who focused their initial efforts on providing basic humanitarian aid, such as water, food, sanitation, medicines, and shelter materials.

IRD has shipped and distributed medical supplies, antibiotics, anti-diarrhea medicines, oral rehydration salts, water purifiers, respirator masks, solar-powered lights, and additional humanitarian aid. To date, IRD has received more than $16 million worth of in-kind relief commodities.

In March 2010, IRD received nearly $6.5 million in support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). These funds are helping to provide shelter, sanitation, and hygiene assistance, as well as medicine, clothes, and shoes, to 28,000 individuals in Leogane, Haiti. More than 1200 temporary shelters have been constructed, in addition to the tarps distributed immediately following the earthquake.

As part of its rapid response to the cholera outbreak, IRD announced it would be working with the Government of Haiti, the United Nations and other non-governmental organizations to halt the spread of the deadly viral disease. In addition to the coordination efforts, IRD distributed sanitation materials and medicine to combat the disease.

IRD has provided substantial emergency support to Haiti in the past. In advance of the 2009 hurricane season, IRD shipped more than $4 million dollars worth of oral rehydration salts and pharmaceuticals for people in Haiti. The previous hurricane season had left the Haitian people vulnerable to life-threatening diseases that rapidly spread with the consumption of contaminated water. The salts and pharmaceuticals were distributed by ADRA Haiti and Food For The Poor, and UNICEF Canada. IRD also distributed a shipment of shoes in Port-au-Prince in December 2009. World Vision donated the 1,200 pairs of shoes, worth $49,704, to IRD for shipment to Haiti through America’s Relief Team and Harvest International.


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