Haiti Earthquake Wreaks Massive Devastation; Women's Organizations Respond

For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Diana Duarte, Media Coordinator
(212) 627-0444; email: media@madre.org

Haiti Earthquake Wreaks Massive Devastation; Women's Organizations Respond

NEW YORK - The worst earthquake in 200 years struck
Haiti yesterday, causing catastrophic destruction in the hemisphere's
poorest country. The quake struck near the capital of Port-au-Prince,
the most densely populated part of Haiti, and thousands are feared dead.

MADRE has activated an emergency response through our partner
organization, Zanmi Lasante Clinic. The doctors, nurses and community
health workers there are working to bring medical assistance and
supplies to areas that have been hardest hit.

The most urgent needs right now are bandages, broad-spectrum
antibiotics and other medical supplies, as well as water tablets to
prevent cholera outbreaks.  The need for food, shelter and other types
of relief is growing by the hour.  

MADRE has worked in Haiti for many years, supporting community-based
organizations in times of disaster.  MADRE's partners are expert at
reaching those in crisis and stretching resources to meet the urgent
needs facing Haitian women and families right now. 

Available for comment:

Marie St. Cyr, MADRE Board Member and longtime New York-based Haitian human rights advocate

Yifat Susskind, MADRE Policy and Communications Director

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MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that works in partnership with community-based women's organizations worldwide to address issues of health and reproductive rights, economic development, education, and other human rights. MADRE provides resources, training, and support to enable our sister organizations to meet concrete needs in their communities while working to shift the balance of power to promote long-term development and social justice. Since we began in 1983, MADRE has delivered nearly 25 million dollars worth of support to community-based women's organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and the United States. For more information about MADRE, visit our website at www.madre.org.

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