One year after an earthquake devastated Haiti, much of the promised relief and reconstruction aid has not reached those most in need. In fact, the nation’s tragedy has served as an opportunity to further enrich corporate interests.
Transparency and accountability from NGOs
The release of 10 Baptist missionaries in Haiti may be delayed
because of accusations that one of their legal advisors is wanted for trafficking in women and children in El Salvador, and has warrants out for his arrest in the United States.
During this time of displacement, the health and lives of Haiti’s women and girls are threatened by severe living conditions, including the virtual absence of reproductive health services.
In a letter sent to international women’s groups, Haitian and Dominican groups working to provide relief are asking for financial or in-kind donations for sanitary supplies and other needs of women and girls.
As governments and international aid groups work to meet the basic needs of the people of Haiti, work must be done to prevent the acceleration of the HIV/AIDS epidemic among Haitian women.
In Haiti, as is always true in the aftermath of a major disaster, there are urgent needs for medical care specific to women, particularly for pregnant women and mothers with new babies.