• Haiti became the world's first independent Caribbean country when it ended French colonial rule ended in the early 19th century. However, in recent decades poverty, conflict and instability have left it the poorest nation in the Americas.

    On 12 January 2010, a massive earthquake hit Haiti, killing more than 220,000 people. The disaster affected almost 1.5 million children, leaving thousands orphaned or separated from their parents. 

    Within days, our supporters enabled UNICEF to deliver planeloads of life-saving health, nutrition, water and sanitation supplies for more than a quarter of a million children.

    In the months that followed we helped vaccinate more than two million children against life-threatening diseases, and supported the government with recovery efforts.

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    A woman smiles at her baby in a UNICEF-supported tent at a hospital in Port-au-Prince, capital of Haiti, following the 2010 earthquake. The tent provides milk for babies and other services.UNICEF/NYHQ2010-1355/Marta Ramoneda
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