Post-earthquake Haiti: the critical role for rehabilitation services following a humanitarian crisis.


Journal Article

The earthquake that occurred in Haiti on 12 January 2010 resulted in massive infrastructure damage, and created one of the largest single-day loss of life events in modern history. Despite the tragic mortality rates, many people with catastrophic injuries including spinal cord injuries and amputations survived due to swift emergency responses by local and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The outcome however is that Haiti now has a considerable cohort of people who live with important disabilities. In this 'perspectives in rehabilitation' we share our experiences of working in post-earthquake Haiti, and highlight that this event has raised awareness of the critical importance of providing rehabilitation services during and after a humanitarian crisis of this magnitude.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Landry, MD; O'Connell, C; Tardif, G; Burns, A

Published Date

  • 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 19

Start / End Page

  • 1616 - 1618

PubMed ID

  • 20594036

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20594036

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1464-5165

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/09638288.2010.500345


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England