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Update on Haiti earthquake

18
JAN
2010

Collage created during a POZ workshop © Ken Morrison/Health Communications Partnership/Alliance

A number of support group members and POZ staff are very sadly presumed dead, trapped in the rubble of the Centre d'Espoir in Port-au-Prince.

The Alliance has now made contact with staff from our partner organisation in Haiti, Promoteurs Objectif Zerosida (POZ), and it is with great sadness that we report a number of gay and MSM support group members, who were meeting at POZ’s Centre d’Espoir on the day of the earthquake, are presumed dead, having been trapped underneath the rubble of the building. One POZ employee has also been confirmed dead and it is feared a number of other staff who were trapped in the building when it collapsed have also died. All three of POZ’s buildings in Port-au-Prince have been rendered unusable, but we understand POZ’s buildings in other parts of Haiti have survived intact.

POZ is a national NGO, created in 1995 and operating in five sites in Haiti, within Port-au-Prince, Cap Haïtien and Jacmel.  POZ aims to reduce the impact of HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections through mobilising communities, and working with youth, people living with HIV, and others affected by the epidemic. In June 2008, POZ and the Alliance began a project funded by the UK’s Big Lottery Fund to increase uptake of HIV prevention, care and treatment services by addressing HIV-related stigma. 

We are continuing to work with donors and partners to find ways to provide extra support to people living with HIV, their families and communities who already face significant hardship, and to help our colleagues in POZ, in the aftermath of the earthquake.