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Work of 125 aid agencies failed to create lasting rehabilitation services in Haiti, study shows

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 30 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2952
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Two years after the devastating earthquake that left over 300 000 people injured in Haiti, international aid agencies have failed to work with the government to create rehabilitation services that will last, a study has concluded.

“Thanks to the earthquake, for the first time this country has proper rehabilitation services,” said Karl Blanchet, a coauthor of the study. “But the quality depends on the international organisations. If they leave, the services will go too.” The study was conducted by a team at the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Haiti received a far greater rehabilitation response after the January 2010 earthquake than previous disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, possibly because of its proximity to the United States. But in many ways the sheer number of organisations involved in rehabilitation alone (125, including United Nations agencies and government, international, and Haitian non-governmental organisations) led …

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