Haiti After the Earthquake Briefly Research Paper
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- Subject: Literature - Latin-American
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Haitian government intended to restore this system of law and order by reconstructing all of these legal institutions and to protect their vulnerable population whilst strengthening their administrative control and public services (FMS4Experts. Inside Disaster. The action plan).
d) a note to the relevant U.N. And local government officials, offering them advice on how to proceed to resolve the problems in Items (b) and (c) above, and how to alleviate the current misery of the suffering people of Haiti.
The government has wisely resolved to move from crisis to recovery, but the challenges here seem substantial. In fact, they seem so incorrigible and overwhelming that the government may well be stopped in its tracks from the mere enormity of their poverty and destruction, on the one hand, and their goals on the other.
The government has drafted an ambitious Activity Plan, but many times the situation may seem so overwhelming and depressing that words are easier to draft than actions to take. This seems to be the case here, since despite their best intentions, unemployment, for instance, continues unabated and little efforts seem to have been accomplished (Beckett, n.d.).
Hope, therefore, seems to be a first step.
But hope is insufficient. Haiti, as too many researchers show (e.g. Beckett, n.d.), has, for too long, been puppeted by other states that have devised its system and attempted to help it out of its crises, but, often, helping another can be destructive in the long run for it enfeebles him. Haiti -- to be strong -- has to be its own nation and resolve to muster its own destiny. True, there has to be reliance on generosity, but Haiti has to be determined to craft its own decisions and to push these decisions through. And the money needs to be used wisely.
Prevention, is seems to me, is more important than cure. Cure can come later. Therefore, I would advise that foremost attention be devoted on 'bandaging' the problems and preventing a repeat. Issues included here would be immediate plans that the government has in regards to the educational system, i.e., retuning children to school as soon as possible; encouraging more Doctors without Borders (and other volunteers) to distribute their health services and helping them do so with as much resources as they can muster: putting citizens to service (even at low pay if need be) to rebuild the urban and agricultural infrastructure and to develop social services. This would fulfill a dual mission: people would be employed whilst services would be reconstructed and the city in the process of being put together.
Haiti, lacking the capacity to engage in ambitious national development plans, and also hampered by political insecurity, lack of funds, and corruption has assuaged its insecurity and misery by making a show of formulating such plans. Yet, Haiti, by its very existence, is forced to pick itself up and plod on, for if it does not do so, its vulnerability will only cause it to sink further, as is happening at the moment.
It is bracing to see Haiti's ambitious national development plan, but perseverance and determination needs to see this plan actualized, even if it were in small steady steps. The only actor that can make the transition from emergency to response is Haiti itself. And this is just what Haiti needs to do.
Discouragement is toxic, and it seems to me that as long as Haiti languishes and continues to languish from its crisis, repetitive disasters spurred on by the former one will only stall the depleted but aesthetically beautiful country and resilient people.
Sometimes, good can only be introduced through suffering. Let us posit that the combinations of the earthquake, the hurricanes, and the plague will, with the help of international support, compel us to rebuild ourselves on a wiser, more prudent footing. Hopefully, then, what arises from this disaster will be a more effective, well-managed health care system and environmental conditions that will be able to address the needs of the Haitian people and prevent future disasters from having the intense impact that they currently have (Mitchell, 2010).
As the Haitian govenment stated barely five months after the earthquake in their action plan:
"This is a rendezvous with history that Haiti cannot miss. We must obtain results; we owe it to our children and our children's children"
- Preface, Action Plan for National Recovery and Development of Haiti
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Government of Haiti. (18 March, 2010) Action Plan for national recovery and development of Haiti. Relief Web. www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/SNAA-83U9KC-Open
Haiti: one year on. http://www.cafod.org.uk/news/emergencies-updates/haiti-earthquake-one-year-on-2011-01-07/haiti-challenges-one-year-on
Mitchell, D. 2010. Haiti Earthquake Disastrous for Already Dire Health Conditions. http://www.emaxhealth.com/1275/24/35118/haiti-earthquake-disastrous-already-dire-health-conditions.html