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Water and sanitation in Haiti

Haiti volunteers clearing waste from drainage canals© Info

The British Red Cross worked on sanitation and hygiene promotion in Automeca and La Piste camps in Port-au-Prince until the end of 2011.

The Red Cross also ran a cholera treatment centre in La Piste in partnership with Partners in Health, treating those who had become infected.

We carried out the following work in the two makeshift tent camps: 

  • built flood-resistant raised tank latrines
  • provided washing and laundry facilities in areas with water, and successfully advocated for the extension of water networks in camps, by the water providers
  • used gravel and rubble to fill low-lying areas which hold stagnant water, in order to prevent mosquito breeding
  • installed special facilities to ensure accessibility for disabled people
  • promoted hygiene-related activities through events using drama, community meetings and training, and household visits

The Red Cross also raised awareness of cholera in Haiti’s South Department and trained up hygiene promotion volunteers.

We also provided vital medical supplies to remote communities, and supported a cholera treatment unit and an ambulance service.

The Automeca camp was closed by December 2012, when the remaining families on the site were relocated to housing with support from the Red Cross.


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Johnny helped to dig drainage canals in Haiti’s Automeca camp.