Haiti: By The Numbers
Today marks the two-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, and the country is still in the process of rebuilding. Local non-profit Partners in Health (PIH) had been working in Haiti for 25 years when the earthquake struck, and in the past 24 months has been one of the leaders in the recovery effort. Here’s a look at what they faced, and how they’ve helped so far:
In the immediate aftermath of the quake, 250,000 people were killed and 1.5 million were left homeless.
PIH has since staffed 12 hospitals and health clinics throughout central Haiti, serving roughly 1.3 million people.
In the two years since the earthquake, PIH has logged roughly 4.6 million patient visits.
PIH has treated more than 80,000 people for cholera, a disease that they believe was brought into the country by aid workers from Nepal. Haiti now has the highest cholera rate in the world.
In an attempt to stem the tide of cholera, PIH has hired 2,378 community volunteers to teach their neighbors about hygiene and sanitation techniques.
Since January 2010, PIH’s mental health and psychosocial support team has provided services to more than 25,000 adults and children.
64 full time psychologists, social workers, and community mental health workers are helping the Haitian people recover from sexual assault, physical abuse, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress symptoms developed after the quake.
PIH and its local partner, Zanmi Lasante, have conducted school-based mental health education sessions for 13,694 high school-aged students and their teachers.
The new state-of-the-art Mirebalais National Teaching Hospital, which PIH plans to open this year, will have 320 beds, and serve more than 500 patients a day.
As the scope of the devastation became apparent, PIH designed and began implementing its Stand With Haiti Fund, a 2.5 year, $125 million plan. By June 2012, PIH will have spent the entirety of that fund, fulfilling the promises made in the weeks after the earthquake.
Throughout the aftermath of the quake, PIH has managed to continue to provide uninterrupted treatment to thousands of people living with HIV and TB, while also taking on hundreds of new patients.
Thanks to the staff of PIH for providing us with these stats and photos.
Plus, read more about more local humanitarians doing work abroad in The Saving Game.