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Meeting Haiti's changing health needs

A resident of Port-au-Prince carries his injured child
UN Photo/Logan Abassi

The aftermath

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince and many surrounding areas. The quake decimated government and humanitarian aid structures in the country, including many UN activities, and killed 200 000 people. Providing emergency surgery, particularly for orthopaedic injuries, was the priority health need following the disaster.

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