Haiti: Where your money went

13.07.2010 | General

Following the earthquake that devastated Haiti on the afternoon of 12th January 2010, MSF was overwhelmed by the generosity of people around the world who gave so generously to support our emergency work.While MSF’s medical relief efforts in Haiti were immediately shaping up to be massive, the total of funds donated to MSF by the public specifically for this emergency threatened to eclipse what MSF could foresee spending.MSF takes the expectations of our donors seriously and decided to discontinue active fundraising for the victims of the earthquake in the days following the disaster.Rounded totals of donations received and money spent for MSF’s earthquake response in Haiti.

By the end of May, MSF had received just over 91 million euros* specifically for emergency relief in Haiti and had already spent 58 per cent of these funds – some 53 million euros. Current budgets predict that around 89 million euros – 98 per cent of funds raised – will have been spent by the end of 2010. Any remaining earmarked funds will be spent on our work in Haiti in 2011 and beyond.*

Click on the map for an interactive guide to MSF’s work in Haiti over the past 6 months.

How did we spend it?

As of 31st May, more than 11 million euros had been spent on surgical care: MSF has treated more than 173,000 patients and performed 11,000 surgical operations.

At least 4 million euros have been spent on providing maternal health services, which were already extremely limited before the earthquake struck. MSF staff have assisted at more than 3,700 births since the earthquake.

Roughly 8.5 million euros** were spent on shelter and related items in an attempt to improve living conditions for some of the hundreds of thousands of people whose homes and livelihoods were destroyed.

MSF also invested substantial amounts in other medical and relief activities, including primary care, mental health support, and provision of water and sanitation.

Categories of spending

Operating such a massive emergency health programme requires a wide range of activities. Given the devastation in Port-au-Prince and beyond, including the near-total destruction of many health centres and hospitals, nearly 30 per cent of MSF’s expenditure as at 31st May was devoted to logistics, such as the rehabilitation or construction of medical facilities,and ongoing maintenance of health structures including water and electricity provision. Without this investment, medical staff would not be able to operate.

A further 16 per cent of MSF’s expenditure has been attributed to medical materials and supplies.

Because of the large number of essential emergency workers and vast amount of relief goods brought into Haiti, transportation accounted for 23 per cent of the total spending to date.

At one point, the MSF team totaled over 3,500 Haitian and international emergency personnel – many of them doctors and nurses, but also logisticians, administrators, drivers and project coordinators. At the end of June, MSF still has more than 3,000 staff on the ground working in 19 health facilities, well over 90 per cent of them Haitians. The costs related to employing personnel account for 28 per cent of the money spent.***

MSF is immensely grateful to the millions of people around the world who help fund our massive relief work in Haiti.

* Some caution is warranted regarding the quoted totals due to fluctuating exchange rates.
** These figures only include the direct costs related to this work; the real costs are higher than the quoted totals.
*** These rounded figures, totaling 97 per cent of expenditures, are very close approximations of total expenditures to date.

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