January 9, 2012
Tulane University releases report analyzing the humanitarian response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
More than a third of households affected by the deadly 2010 Haiti earthquake and over half of those living in the camps have not recovered basic household assets nearly two years after the disaster, according to an analysis by Tulane University researchers.
Using funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) and the State University of Haiti spent 15 months assessing the humanitarian response on the resilience of the Haitian people post-disaster.
“Despite more than $4 billion in much-needed relief and recovery aid, those living in directly affected areas, especially in camps, are engaging in damaging and unsustainable coping strategies such as reducing food intake. Many who were not part of Haiti’s chronically poor before the earthquake are now at risk of becoming so” said Ky Luu, executive director of Tulane’s DRLA.
The study found:
Researchers gathered data for the evaluation through workshops with Haitian stakeholders, camp focus groups, interviews with community informants and, in collaboration with the National Coordination for Food Security, a national survey of over 3,500 households. The full report will be released online at the end of January.
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