In Photos: FETP Trainees and Graduates Contribute to Haiti Earthquake Response Efforts

On August 14, 2021, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit southwest Haiti at 8:30 a.m. local time, causing devastation and destruction across the Grand'Anse, Sud, and Nippes departments. More than 2,200 people died, and more than 12,000 were injured (source). 

Haiti Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) trainees and graduates were immediately alerted to the disaster and mobilized to conduct a rapid needs assessment to inform response and recovery efforts. Using the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) method, FETP trainees and alumni collected household-level data across the Grand'Anse, Sud, and Nippes departments. They also worked to strengthen monitoring, providing continued assesment of damages and changing needs within the affected communities. The data collected will be used to produce reports and recommendations to guide decisions for disaster planning, response, and recovery activities.

Earthquake response and recovery activities are still underway, and FETP trainees and alumni continue to provide ongoing support.

The FETP shared the following photos to illustrate its earthquake response efforts.