Morden charity marks year making a difference in Haiti
7:10am Tuesday 25th January 2011 in Wimbledon
One year after a huge earthquake brought death and chaos to Haiti, a Morden charity has marked 12 months of life-saving work in the country.
Humanity First brought 55,000 people food, shelter, sanitation and medical help in the aftermath of the disaster - and has now established two new medical clinics on the island.
A spokesman for the charity said getting vital supplies into the country was still a challenge, but a key shipment arrived last month - including much-needed sanitation equipment.
More than 100 doctors and other volunteers from the Deer Park Road charity - which has offices in 34 countries - were flown to the Caribbean island in the months after the disaster, to provide help for 55,000 people left injured or homeless. The organisation worked with the United Nations and other charities in the crucial weeks after the earthquake struck on January 12.
In June the organisation moved into the second phase of its response, building primary care clinics are in the capital of Port-au-Prince and in the mountain town of Seguin - where Humanity First was one of the first charities to arrive in the wake of the disaster.
The spokesman said the clinic in Seguin is seeing 500 patients a week and training seven community nurses to improve healthcare in the area. He added Humanity First supports 20 children orphaned in the disaster, and has given scholarships and basic school equipment to about 400 pupils.
The earthquake killed 230,000 people, injured 300,000 and left 1.2 million homeless.