SAVE THE CHILDREN Senior Emergency Advisor Ian Rodgers, who is leading our response to the earthquake: “Children and their families have been forced from their homes into an extremely stressful and dangerous environment” . “The priority now is to provide food, clean water, shelter and medical assistance to children and their families,” he added.
"It’s a hugely traumatic experience for any child to go through, and we have to make sure we get help and protection to them fast,” Owen continued. “Port-au-Prince is densely populated and sanitation is already very bad — many families don’t have toilets and piles of rubbish are strewn around the city — so we also need to prepare for the possibility of a major disease outbreak.”
Aid agencies are facing major logistical challenges to get help to families in urgent need. Electricity is currently down across the whole island. There is also a high likelihood of landslides, which could threaten more lives.
Save the Children has worked in Haiti since 1985, primarily in the capital city of Port-au-Prince and the Central Plateau region, providing health, education, protection and food security programs to vulnerable children.
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