Canada will help Haiti strengthen its health, education and agriculture sectors with eight new aid projects in the quake-ravaged country.
Four of the eight new initiatives target the health sector, including rebuilding Haiti’s National School of Midwifery and constructing 10 new maternity clinics, helping to build a new Gonaives provincial Tier II hospital, improving maternal, newborn and child health services in the Upper Artibonite province, and supporting an innovative Pan American Health Organization project that provides free, basic health services to 3 million Haitians. Canada is providing 50 million Canadian dollars (USD50.5 million) for these four projects.
The Canadian government is providing another 20 million Canadian dollars to help the Inter-American Development Bank build 35 semipermanent schools.
A further 20.3 million Canadian dollars will be made available to help provide credit to Haitian agricultural enterprises, promote food security among 20,000 rural households affected by last year’s earthquake, and increase employment and incomes of 400 farm families.
With the eight new projects, some 202.5 million Canadian dollars has so far been allocated as part of Canada’s commitment to Haiti worth 400 million Canadian dollars.
The Canadian government, however, has refused to extend its military relief effort in Haiti.
“I think there was a strong request that they stay on,” Nigel Fisher, the United Nations head of humanitarian aid in Haiti, told The Canadian Press. “Many felt that they wished they had stayed because they were extremely effective.”
Canadian Minister of International Cooperation Bev Oda has noted that some of the 2,000-strong Canadian forces dispatched to Haiti are still on the ground.
“Canada did stay ― Canada is still there,” she said.