08-07-2010 | Americas

Haiti - Water Sanitation - 6 Month Anniversary


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Haiti Earthquake: 6 months anniversary


The impact of the 12 January earthquake on Haiti's water and sanitation infrastructure has been catastrophic, putting at risk the health and safety of the population affected. In areas near the epicenter, the earthquake devastated already fragile water and sanitation systems and left some two million people with very limited access to safe drinking water and at the risk of water- and sanitation-related diseases.
Since the quake the Red Cross Red Crescent has been one of the leading humanitarian actors in providing safe water supply and sanitation services to affected people of Port-au-Prince and Léogâne. To date it has provided basic sanitation in the form of toilets, hygiene promotion and clean water to some 240,000 people.
That said, at least half of the population directly affected by the 12 January earthquake have yet to see any improvement in their water and sanitation situation.


 00:00  Title Card
 00:10  Wide and close ups of pigs in rubbish with children running through.
 00:29  Communities picking up rubbish and cleaning drains at La Piste camp, Port au Prince.
 00:55  Building flood resistant latrines with set up of Chris Brewer British Red Cross chief sanitation engineer
 01:11  Interview Chris Brewer, British Red Cross chief sanitation engineer in English
The toilets are basically flood resistance toilets. We call them raised tank latrines. The idea we had problems with pit latrines because when it rains they flood and all the mess comes out and it is a health hazard. So with these toilets we are protecting the waste and it keeps it safe and during floods it is not washed away.
 01:35  Pull out from cleaning to a row of flood resistant latrines with group of camp toilet cleaners.
 Set up of Bory Jatta, British Red Cross hygiene promoter talking to camp toilet cleaners.
 02:03  Clip of Bory Jatta in English.
Everything is contained now the latrines are clean there are people working around the clock drainage facilities are being maintained you can see them they didn’t ask anything. It is just people who are concerned about their own environment and feel empowered to come along and join the red cross in delivering a fantastic service here which has significantly reduced the potential for diseases to be a problem in the camp.
 02:26  Cutaway of boy Interview with cleaner and camp resident, Erose Guerrier in Creole.

 02:32  I decided to clean the toilets because there were a lot of problems. The smell was very bad. There were flies everywhere and they were unsanitary.
 02:41  Cleaners working. Putting on glovers, adding chemicals in the bucket of water and cleaning the toilets.
 03:16  3 Red Cross volunteers giving basic hygiene tips to women in the camp and set up of Haitian Red Cross volunteer Ingrid Lucknie Malbranche.
 03:42  Interview with Ingrid Lucknie Malbranche in French
We talk to the women about how they can drink treated water, cover food and to be sure that flies don’t land on the food.
 04:02 Hygiene promoters touring the camp with a disco to drum up interest.
 04:32  Wide shot of trucks at water filling up point , La Pingouine, in Port au Prince.
 04:40  Red Cross workers checking paperwork before filling up trucks and assigning them to drivers and locations and treating the water by adding chlorine. Water flowing into the trucks and trucks moving out.
 05:40  Arrival of truck at street camp Cite Militaire where 6250 people depend on the trucked water.
 06:00  Pumping water into bladder and testing chlorine levels are consistent as chlorine disperses over time.
 06:22  Set up of Gianluca Salone – IFRC water and sanitation coordinator talking to RC workers
 Clip of Gianluca Salone, IFRC water and sanitation coordinator
If the red cross was not here to provide water and sanitation we would face outbreak of waterborne disease because access to water as we know people have to pay so they would go and look for any kind of dirty water and for sanitation service there would be open
defecation that would increase the risk of disease and the definitely the service we have whatever the cost there is definitely worthwhile for saving lives.
 Community collecting water. Set up shots of Vilme Merilande and cousin filling up water buckets.
 07:37  Clip of Vilme Merilande in Creole
When I come here I fill all the buckets in my house. If I have 5 gourdes I can buy water but if I don’t I can drink the water provided free of charge by the Red Cross.
 07:50  Merilande walking away with water


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