Top UN Relief Official Outlines Haiti's Priority Humanitarian Needs

Access to clean drinking water, food and quality sanitation facilities remain the top humanitarian needs in post-earthquake Haiti, according to the top U.N. humanitarian and relief official.

“Sanitation and the provision of safe water is a national priority, and the ministry of public health and population is progressively improving and taking over the cholera treatment centres,” said Valerie Amos, the U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator. “The international community needs to work together to support Haiti.”

Following a visit to the earthquake-hit Caribbean country in late September, Amos has appealed for continued support for humanitarian operations in Haiti even as key reconstruction efforts are being implemented.

“The humanitarian crisis in Haiti is not over,” she said.

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