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Health response to the earthquake in Haiti: January 2012

14 January 2012 -- A report on the Haiti earthquake and lessons to be learned for the next massive sudden-onset disaster was released by the Pan American Health Organisation, Regional Office of the World Health Organization. Every disaster brings new lessons of general application that we must learn before the next sudden-onset disaster strikes. The Haiti earthquake is no exception. This publication, for practical reasons, focuses on the first three months of the response. A similar study might be needed for the mid- and long-term recovery and reconstruction process that occurs after the first three months.

Haiti Earthquake 2010: One year later

11 January 2010 -- For Haiti’s health sector, 2010 was a year of unprecedented challenges. The 12 January earthquake claimed the lives of more than 200 000 Haitians, including some 300 health workers, and injured many thousands more, while causing serious damage and disruption to health infrastructure, services and supply lines.

Technical guidelines and recommendations


Selection of guidelines and recommendations from the Pan American Health Organization web site for both the cholera outbreak and earthquake emergencies.


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Reviewed February 2014

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