A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, in January 2010. As a result, more than 300,000 people died and 1.5 million people lost their homes.
- Total population: 10.85 million
- Haiti, as the first country in the Caribbean, gained independence as early as 1804. To this day, the island is has faced several instances of political violence and numerous natural disasters.
MAGNA concluded all its post-earthquake activities in the Haiti in 2013.
Opening of mission in Haiti: 2010
Areas of intervention: Port-au-Prince
Number of staff in the field: 20 (in 2012)
Brief Overview of the Crisis in Haiti
The healthcare system in Haiti is struggling to meet some of Haitians’ most basic medical needs, such as treatment for trauma and maternal healthcare. Political instability, conflicts and natural disasters have led Haiti to become the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
How did MAGNA help in Haiti?
By January 2013, all recovery activities put in place to support communities affected by the 2010 earthquake had been concluded.
Our teams distributed material aid, conducted traumatological surgeries and provided psychosocial assistance to people in camps and HIV / AIDS patients. We built and equipped hospitals aimed at mother and child care.
- In addition to the daily patient care, MAGNA's medical team also performed surgeries including amputations, reoperations and routine surgical procedures. More than 3,300 patients were treated by our doctors.
- We distributed tents, blankets and other supplies in a total value of EUR 197,000.
- We introduced psychosocial intervention for people in the camps of Aviation, Nazon, Solino, Corvington, FEED and Fame Pereo. The group sessions were attended by 2,057 patients; 1,778 people were treated individually.
- In addition to psychosocial assistance programs, we have built and equipped a new health center for mothers with children in Port-au-Prince.