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The earthquake that hit Haiti’s capital, Port au Prince, and nearby communities on 12 January 2010 measured 7.0 on the Richter scale. Two hundred and thirty thousand people were killed and damages and losses were evaluated at around USD 8 billion – 120% of the nation’s GDP.1
Two years after the disaster, Haiti’s reconstruction is gaining momentum. People are moving from temporary shelters into repaired neighbourhoods. Despite the many challenges facing the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti’s economy shows signs of recovering from the earthquake, with a forecast of 7.5% growth in 2012.2
(1): CIA factbook
(2): WHO 2008
(3): IDF Diabetes Atlas, 5th edition annual update, 2012