MSF Evening on Haiti 10 Years After the Earthquake (January 21, 2020)

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Haiti 10 Years After the Earthquake

On Jan. 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti, reducing much of its capital to rubble. It was the worst earthquake in the region in over 200 years. Huge swaths of the capital, Port-au-Prince, lay in ruins, and thousands of people were trapped in the rubble of government buildings, foreign aid offices and shantytowns. Schools, hospitals and a prison collapsed.

The catastrophic earthquake killed thousands of people, displaced millions and destroyed 60% of Haiti’s already dysfunctional health system. MSF, lost 12 employees that day and two out of three of the MSF supported medical facilities were seriously damaged. In response to the urgent and almost unlimited needs of the population, we mounted one of our largest ever emergency operations, treating more than 350,000 people affected by the earthquake in just 10 months.

Ten years later most medical humanitarian actors have left the country and Haiti’s medical system is once again on the brink of collapse amid an escalating political and economic crisis. Since a hike in fuel in 2018 medical facilities have struggled to provide basic services due to shortages of drugs, oxygen, blood, fuel and staff.

Join us for an MSF Evening where we talk about Haiti – before, during and after the earthquake.  What has happened since the massive inpour of help, why is the situation still so dire, and what is MSF’s role today in the country.

Oliver Schultz, General Director MSF Sweden, worked in Haiti both prior, during the aftermath, and after the earthquake. He was the comanager of the cell responsible for the immediate emergency response.

Paul Hansen, is a photographer at Dagens Nyheter, who has worked as a photographer extensively in Haiti. Paul has collaborated with MSF on several projects in the past.

Monika Kullbergpsychologist who worked on Hatit before and in the aftermath of the Earthquake. 

Sanna Gustafsson, Communication Advisor MSF Sweden, moderated

By: Rebecca Cederholm