Two Months after Haiti Earthquake, American Refugee Committee Warns that “Public Health Disaster Looms


Minneapolis, March 12, 2010 — 

Two months after the earthquake in Haiti, the Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee warns that many more people may die from the spread of diseases brought on by the looming rainy season.

“A public health disaster looms, and thousands more people are still in need of assistance,” said Daniel Wordsworth, American Refugee Committee President.  “Many people still need shelter, and, with the incoming rains, there is a potential for many more deaths from diseases such as malaria, typhoid, and diarrheal diseases.”

The American Refugee Committee is assisting more than 10,000 people in two areas of Haiti, and is expanding its shelter and health programs to address the public health crisis.  To date, the American Refugee Committee:

  • SHELTER:   Distributed tarps to 9,000 people and continues to manage a settlement in an impoverished district in Port-au-Prince; constructed a settlement on the Haiti/Dominican Republic Border which is home to families left critically injured and homeless by the quake;
  • WATER AND SANITATION:  Drilled several wells, dug latrines, and installed hand pumps to get people fresh, clean water and prevent the spread of disease;
  • MEDICAL CARE:   Treated thousands of people for injuries and disease, and continues to treat on average 140 patients per day;
  • PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN:  Opened four safe places where more than 1,000 children play and participate in educational activities.  Local Haitian teachers assist with programming;
  • FOOD AND SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION:  Distributed food and essential supplies to more than 5,000 people in several locations, focusing on the most vulnerable people first.  Items distributed include rice, oil, beans, medical supplies, tents, tarps, hygiene items, and other necessities.

To Make A Donation
To donate to the American Refugee Committee, click here, call 800-875-7060 or write to:

American Refugee Committee
430 Oak Grove Street, Suite 204
Minneapolis, MN 55403

About the American Refugee Committee
The American Refugee Committee is an international humanitarian aid agency that works to help people take back control of their lives.  The partnerships we form with our constituents and supporters provide essential services and economic  opportunities to people who have lost everything due to conflict and disaster.  The organization has extensive experience in disaster relief, including recent responses to the Tsunami in Thailand and earthquakes and floods in Pakistan.  Each year, the American Refugee Committee works with nearly 2.5 million people in Africa and Asia.

Press contact: Therese Gales at (612) 221-5161 or Emily Porter at 612 940 2238.

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