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Urban disaster response and recovery

Gender-sensitive WASH programming in post-earthquake Haiti.

On January 12, 2010, the biggest earthquake in 200 years struck Port-au-Prince, the capital city of Haiti, and its surrounding metropolitan area. More than 220,000 people were killed, 300,000 were injured, and 1.5 million were made homeless. The earthquake was followed the same year by a cholera outbreak and then by Hurricane Tomás, making conditions even worse. Oxfam was able to build on its experience of more than 30 years in Haiti to move from immediate humanitarian response in the aftermath of the earthquake to working in partnership with communities, INGOs, NGOs, and local organizations, and also with the government on longer-term development. 


John Abdulla

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