Haitian quake camps: Baby boom triggers new crisis in tent cities

As foreign aid fades, newborns and their mothers face a bitter reality amid the squalor: ‘wind, rain, mosquitoes and cholera.’

By JACQUELINE CHARLES McClatchy

A baby boy sits outside his family’s makeshift home last month in the Champs de Mars tent city near the crumbling National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. McClatchy Newspapers


A Human Rights Watch report released Tuesday detailed the vulnerability of girls and women in camps. Interviews showed how gaps in access to health care services are leading to maternal and infant deaths, and how young girls and women are giving birth on mud floors, in alleys and without medical help. The organization is calling on the Haitian government and the international community to do more to protect women and girls.

“Despite gains made due to free health care services, the government and international donors have not addressed critical gaps in access to health services or addressed conditions that may give rise to maternal and infant deaths,” said Kenneth Roth, the organization’s executive director.

Read more:http://www.pressherald.com/news/nationworld/in-focus-haitian-quake-camps_2011-09-04.html

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