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On 12 January 2010, the biggest earthquake in 200 years struck Port-au-Prince and its surrounding area in Haiti. Oxfam was able to build on its experience of more than 30 years in the country to work with communities, INGOs, NGOs, local organisations and the government, initially on immediate response, and also on longer-term development.

The paper highlights key lessons learned from emergency WASH programming in Haiti following the earthquake. It also emphasizes Oxfam’s efforts to provide WASH assistance via a gender-senstitive approach and draws out learning points that will be useful for responses to other large scale, mainly urban, disasters.  

This paper is one of a set of Programme Insights on gender equality in emergencies. See the other Programme Insights papers in this series:

Gender-Sensitive Response and Recovery

Post-earthquake Response and Reconstruction

Restoring Livelihoods After Floods

Cash Transfers in Nairobi’s Slums

Protecting Communities in the DRC

Flood Preparedness in Viet Nam

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