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Disaster Relief & Preparedness: Haiti, A Year Later
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UN Trip Summary
January 13 , 2011

Jodi Bremer, Counseling Psychology Graduate Student

Disaster Relief & Preparedness: Haiti, A Year Later



Mr. David Carden, Chief of the Americas and the Caribbean, Central Asia, Europe, and the Middle East (ACAEME); and Chief of Early Warning and Contingency Planning sections of UN’s Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Ms. Denise Brown, Senior Donor Relations Officer under the Government Donor Relations Division of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Mr. Bruno Lemarquis, Head of Policy and Planning Division of UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR).
Ms. Taina Bien-Aime, Executive Director of Equality Now.

Summary of Briefing

The briefing focused on the earthquake that struck Haiti a year ago and efforts made towards addressing this issue, the current state of affairs, and what might be needed moving forward. The panel spoke about immediate and long-term needs that still exist. Some of these concerns involved: reconstruction, removal of rubble, the recent cholera outbreak, need for strong leadership, management of NGO clusters to more effectively help, and the need for resources. Creation of employment and food dissemination were seen as very important. Some work has been done in these areas but a lot more work needs to be done. A lot of the briefing focused on how the earthquake exacerbated sexual violence among women and girls. Potential solutions discussed included: putting pressure on the local government to address safety by providing more lighting and more police force throughout the country. Sexual violence seems to be a large issue that doesn’t receive much attention and the government was described as less than stable.


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