Shelter, Sanitation Still Main EU Priorities in Haiti

The construction and distribution of housing and sanitation facilities are still the highest priority in Haiti, a report from the European Commission, ECHO and European Union stated. Rubble needs to be cleared to make space for more permanent settlements for earthquake survivors, majority of whom are staying in spontaneous camps with poor waste disposal and sanitation facilities. This lack of facilities, the report said, is increasing the risks of widespread diarrhea outbreak. The report noted that majority of the 396 health-related groups currently on the ground will be leaving soon.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.