Haiti Earthquake 2010
3 Years Later
Three years on, the people of Haiti are seeing significant progress and moving forward from the impact of the 12 January 2010 earthquake, which remains the single largest catastrophe to hit the country in centuries.
Three years ago, more than 220,000 lives were lost and countless families were fractured, directly affecting 750,000 children. However, the past three years have brought not just recovery, but in some cases, meaningful large-scale changes for children and women.
According to the initial results of the Haiti Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), which covered 13,350 households, 77 per cent of children aged 6-11 years attended primary school in 2012 compared to just below 50 per cent in 2005-2006 when the last survey was conducted.
Acute malnutrition among children aged 6-59 months has been reduced by half from 10 per cent to 5 per cent and chronic malnutrition has been cut from 29 per cent to 22 per cent between 2005-2006 and 2012.
In 2013, the challenge for UNICEF and its partners will be how to maintain these positive results, how to maximise them, how to reach the most vulnerable children namely in rural areas, and how to assist the government in assuring that children's development and well-being will always be a top priority in the national agenda.
Thanks to sustained partnerships and the support of our donors, 2013 has begun with potential and promise for the children of Haiti. Nutrition, education and protection remain UNICEF's priorities and are the key to improving conditions for children in the country.
UNICEF is committed to continue supporting systems and services that protect the rights and well-being of children in the country. By doing this, we can help ensure that children born today not only survive, but thrive in a Haiti fit for children...............................................................................................
The quake's impact
Haiti + her people
UNICEF in action
Talking with children about disasters