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[afro-nets] Meeting the information needs of healthcare providers in Haiti (3)

Dear All,

I cross-post this from the Drum Beat list, part of the wider Communication 
Initiative, as it also address aspects of the immediate information needs and 
then also look at the medium and longer term communication and information 
needs during the reconstruction and healing phases. 

I think what I feel, Waren Freek says best. "This all feels somewhat inadequate 
in the face of such a huge disaster and challenge, but what will make the 
difference, we hope, is the complete tapestry of action; this is our very small 
part of that tapestry."




From: Warren Feek []
Subject: Haiti: Much Strength, Support and Connections

Dear Drum Beat network participant,

On behalf of all connected with The Communication Initiative network, we wish 
to express our support for and solidarity with the people of Haiti as they 
struggle to overcome this massive disaster.

We have received some requests, and need your help. We also want to provide 
some connections for people and organisations hoping to relate to organisations 
in Haiti - when communications become possible. Plus, we all know from previous 
times like this that spaces to communicate, debate, and struggle with the 
meaning and implications of are vitally important. Consequently, we have 
created these spaces through The CI and include links to these spaces here 

Now is, of course, a time for action and connection. But there will come an 
appropriate moment when we can all reflect on the broader lessons from this 
tragedy - possibly:

How it is not earthquakes that kill, but buildings. The quality of domestic, 
commercial, and government buildings is directly related to poverty. Though the 
international community seems to have responded very promptly and at scale to 
the disaster, are those of us in that community also culpable here - due to the 
complete inability to address, at scale, issues of poverty?

How we will all need to ensure that it is the people of Haiti who drive and 
control the re-building of their country. Yep, we will all need to help as much 
as we can, but effective reconstruction will need to be debated, discussed, 
critically reviewed, and driven by Haitians. There will be an enormous 
temptation after such a fundamental, huge disaster and such massive 
international engagement, to continue making Haiti an international project. It 
is not and should not be. It is the Haitian people's country. Our role is to 
support them.

How we may all need to even more effectively communicate public-level and 
agency-level strategies and knowledge about risk management and disaster 
prevention and preparedness - where communication is crucial. The most recent 
issue of the Son de Tambora focused on an initiative led by the IFRC - "The 
Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction (Alianza Global para la Reducción 
del Riesgo de Desastres)" (in Spanish) at - is part of that process.

But those are questions for the future.

What can we contribute now?

1. We have had a request for any disaster management communication and media 
guidelines or support materials in Creole or French. If you have them please 
send us links or PDFs - anything.

2. If you wish to review, for possible use by your organisation, existing risk 
management, disaster prevention, preparedness and management communication and 
media materials in Spanish and English please see the featured materials on 
these pages:

Global Home Page (English)

América Latina (Spanish)

Risk Management (Gestión del Riesgo) Theme Site (Spanish)

3. If you wish to try and directly relate to communication and media 
organisations in or related to Haiti with which you and your organization 
identify, please review the below lists and links. Within the summaries 
included in the links below there will be contact people and their contact 
information - though immediate communication could be very difficult, of course.

Haitian Programmes and Projects - Spanish[]=301&op1=OR&op2=OR

* for example:  Centro Gheskio - Haití

Haitian Programmes and Projects - English[]=301&op1=OR&op2=OR

* for example: AlterPresse - Haiti

Risk Management (Gestión del Riesgo) Theme Site (Spanish)

4. Spaces to Discuss and Debate

Poll votes -
Forum debate -
Blog Comments -
News Aggregation -

Under the most urgent and difficult of circumstances and huge duress, the 
local, national, and international development community is responding to the 
tragedy in Haiti. I am sure that many people have views and opinions related to 
this response. We have established four spaces for you to contribute and share 
those views and ideas.

We do this with full knowledge that some people - those with many of the most 
valid and insightful perspectives - doing the tough, up-front work in Haiti - 
work that many of us can barely imagine - will not be able to contribute. We 
establish these spaces so that others have the opportunity, in real time as 
these issues unfold, to reflect and consider.

Learning from these events is vitally important and we hope that you will 
contribute to that shared learning.


How would you rate the international development community's response to the 
tragedy in Haiti? Why? (Please add comments that explain your choice). The poll 
is at (This poll is available on all of 
the CI Global website pages)


Haiti: Discuss Description: A space for people involved in local, national and 
international development, including communication and media, to share thoughts 
on development in Haiti at

To Join this fourm please go to the group at and click on Join in the right margin. 
You will need to log in. If you are not yet registered on The CI site you will 
need to register [see top right].


This note appears as blog at Please 
use the comments facility to share and debate your perspectives, views, and 


You can see an agregation of the most recent news, photos, quotes, socal media 
and trend lines related to Haiti drawing from a thousands of news processes 
from around the world at a prototype Haiti News page at don with our Partners and friends at Daylife.

Many thanks. This all feels somewhat inadequate in the face of such a huge 
disaster and challenge, but what will make the difference, we hope, is the 
complete tapestry of action; this is our very small part of that tapestry.

Thank you for engaging and much love and strength to all of our network friends 
in Haiti and those working on the response - as is said in my native NZ land, 
Kia Kaha e Kia Aroha (Much Strength and Much Love)!


Warren Feek
Executive Director
The Communication Initiative


1-250-658-6372 - office
1-250-588-8795 - mobile
1-250-658-1728 - fax

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