The initial response focused on creating temporary housing camps for homeless survivors, and ensuring these had adequate clean water and sanitation, to prevent outbreaks of disease.
Many of the survivors had been living in slums on land without clear legal ownership. Re-building permanent housing of better quality has therefore required clearing tonnes of rubble and resolving land ownership issues.
The cholera outbreak that started in October 2010 killed over 4,000 people and infected over 216,000. The need for swift action to minimise the spread of the disease meant that other planned projects to support longer term recovery had to be put on hold.
In the recovery phase of the response, funds are increasingly being used to help people create or rebuild livelihoods, where there was previously unemployment of up to 80%, but aid money is still also paying for clean water, sanitation and shelter.
Haiti Earthquake Response Achievements
1.8million people reached by DEC funded aid
890,000 people given access to safe toilets
720,000 people given clean water
187,000 medical consultations
100,000+ people provided with emergency shelter
236 construction teams trained
39 schools up and running within six months