After the January 12, 2010 earthquake, Internews put together a team to assist local radio stations to continue broadcasting news and information, which was critical in the aftermath of the devastation. On January 21, the team began producing Enfòmasyon Nou Dwe Konnon (News You Can Use), a humanitarian radio program that provides vital information to Haitians. Since then, Internews has also been training local journalists in humanitarian reporting. The Caribbean nation became a real-world laboratory for new communication tools as relief workers used innovative technologies to aid in the recovery. Interactive maps and SMS (Short Message Service) texts helped guide search-and-rescue teams and find people in need of critical supplies.

See a 2012 review of Internews’ humanitarian information radio program: Closing the Loop — Responding to People’s Information Needs from Crisis Response to Recovery to Development

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    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Internews sent a technical team out to the most affected areas to assess the damage caused by the hurricane.

    Internews has a longstanding relationship with local media on the island and believes they have a crucial role to play during and after a humanitarian crisis. In a country where over 70% of the population tunes in daily to radio, local media outlets are essential to rebuild communities, provide life-saving information and allow people to voice their concerns and facilitate the conversation between everyone involved in the recovery of Haiti.

  • UK tackles threat of major cholera spike in the wake of Hurricane Matthew

    Sunday, October 16, 2016

    (Internews is part of the support effort in Haiti described in this article from the UK Government.)

    The International Development Secretary Priti Patel has committed new support to tackle the threat of cholera in Haiti, ensuring more lives can be saved in the wake of the devastating hurricane.

    In addition, as the leading funder to Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance, DFID is supporting the immediate shipment of one million doses of the cholera vaccine to Haiti.