UN Donor Conference on Haiti

Tomorrow in NYC the UN Donors’ Conference for Haiti which will discuss the current and future needs of Haiti after the devastating Earthquake on January 12.

Tonight on Frontline they will air the documentary The World is Coming to an End

On Jan. 12, 2010, one of the most devastating earthquakes in recorded history leveled the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. Those responsible for handling the catastrophe, including the Haitian government and the United Nations, were among the victims. FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith bears witness to the scale of the disaster and takes viewers on a searing and intimate journey into the camps, hospitals and broken neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince. Featuring never-before-seen footage of the moments after the earthquake and interviews with top officials from Port-au-Prince to Washington, The Quake ultimately asks, how will the world respond?

The crisis for the Haitian people is still happening and getting worse with the rain. I don’t want to think of the catastrophe that awaits with the hurricane season but I must, so must the world.  

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    • TMC on March 31, 2010 at 2:48 am
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    • TMC on March 31, 2010 at 6:16 pm
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    One of the many people here who are following and reporting this conference on-line, just pointed out the Google search for UN Donor Conference in Haiti and look where this essay is.. yeah! Top 10

    • TMC on March 31, 2010 at 6:27 pm
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    The conference goal is $3.8B. The problem will be to get the aid to the Haitian people and keep it out of those who espouse to the Shock Doctrine. The Haitian government is still a shambles, very corrupt and nearly invisible. As was pointed out in last nights Frontline, which can be viewed on-line, much of what would be the responsibility of a central government like schools, hospitals, building and maintaining infrastructure is in the hands of thousands of NGO’s. That is not very productive. There needs to be a centralized structure to oversee coordination of efforts to rebuild so to minimalize duplication and waste. Some of these issues are being discussed today.

    • TMC on March 31, 2010 at 6:35 pm
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    MSF urges donors to keep care free for Haiti quake survivors

    PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) urged international donors Tuesday to ensure Haitians continue to get free health care in the wake of January’s devastating earthquake.

    All public and most private health providers have offered care free of charge since the January 12 quake, which killed more than 220,000 people and left hundreds of thousands with horrific injuries, many requiring amputations.

    But MSF (Doctors Without Borders) warned donors meeting Wednesday in New York to hammer out the priorities of a multi-billion dollar reconstruction effort that plans were afoot to start reinstating hospital fees from mid-April.

    “Making access to health care contingent upon someone?s financial means would totally ignore the reality that we see in the streets and makeshift camps in Haiti,” MSF emergency coordinator Karline Kleijer said in a statement.

    UN Donor Conference: Given the Immense Needs, Haitians Must Have Continued Access to Medical Care

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