January 19, 2010
OTTAWA—The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today that Canada would provide an additional $80 million in humanitarian assistance for Haiti. Today's announcement brings Canada's total response to a potential $135 million and involves contributions to the United Nations (UN) and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Appeals, together with contributions to Canadian non-governmental organizations providing services to earthquake-affected Haitians. Priorities for the Canadian funding include the provision of emergency food, water and sanitation, medical treatment, shelter, and protection for the vulnerable.
"Millions of people are struggling to overcome the impacts of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Through its contributions to vital United Nations partners such as the World Food Programme and UNICEF, the IFRC, and NGO partners, our government will help support Haitians as they rebuild their lives and communities," said Minister Oda. "We are committed to playing a significant role in responding to the impact of this disaster, not only in these early days of rescue and relief operations, but also in addressing longer-term recovery and reconstruction needs."
Canada's $60 million response to the United Nations appeal will fund essential necessities and basic services provided on the ground by UN agencies. This includes $39 million to the World Food Programme and $15 million to UNICEF for interventions in the areas of health, nutrition, protection, and water and sanitation services. The remainder of Canada's contribution to the Appeal will be targeted at essential services provided by the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Population Fund, and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security.
The Government is making a major contribution of $8.5 million in response to the IFRC's appeal for the provision of humanitarian assistance. The IFRC is helping to meet the emergency needs of an estimated 300,000 people affected by the Haiti earthquake.
Canada is also providing an additional $11.5 million in support of further critical disaster relief efforts by Canadian non-governmental organizations. This support will enable organizations such as CARE, Médecins du Monde, Save the Children, Oxfam Quebec, the Canadian Red Cross Society, the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), and World Vision to assist more than half a million people affected by the earthquake.
Today's announcement comes in addition to the initial $5 million for immediate humanitarian assistance announced on January 13 and to the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund that will allow to match, dollar-for-dollar, the generosity of Canadian for a total of up to $50 million.
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January 19, 2010
On 13 January, Minister Oda announced that the Government of Canada would immediately provide an initial $5 million contribution for emergency shelter, medical services, food, relief items, water and sanitation services, and protection services in response to the earthquake in Haiti. All of this funding has been allocated on urgent priority actions.
First, in response to the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC)'s Appeal for Haiti, CIDA is providing $2 million to the IFRC for vital emergency assistance to the most affected populations. The funding is being used to provide essential services, temporary shelter, restoration of water and sanitation facilities, and medical care for 10,000 families.
Second, CIDA has provided $1.7 milliontodeliver and transport urgently needed relief supplies to crisis-afflicted Haitians.
Third, CIDA has provided $800,000 for an emergency field hospital in Haiti, as well as 10 Canadian medical professionals. The emergency field hospital is a Norwegian and Canadian Red Cross co-funded facility, which will provide essential surgical and medical care for up to 300 people per day. The hospital includes customized modules such as surgery, first aid and triage, a ward of 70 beds, a community health unit, and a psychosocial support unit. The hospital is currently deployed in Port-au-Prince and is operational.
Finally, CIDA provided $500,000 in additional funds to CANADEM to deploy 10 Canadian humanitarian experts to humanitarian partners, such as the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), UNICEF, the World Food Programme, and other UN agencies.
The Honourable Beverley Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today an additional $80 million in humanitarian assistance for Haiti in response to various appeals.
The Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is providing $60 million to UN agencies in response to the United Nations Appeal for humanitarian assistance for the people of Haiti. The funding will be disbursed as follows:
The Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is providing $8.5 million in response to the IFRC appeal to provide for essential humanitarian assistance. This funding will help meet the emergency needs of an estimated 300,000 people affected by the Haiti earthquake. It will support activities such as the provision of basic water, sanitation and health services. The IFRC will also conduct rapid emergency needs, which will allow it to meet the needs of the most affected population.
The Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is providing $11.5 million in response to appeals by the following Canadian non-governmental organizations: