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Video: Inside hurricane-ravaged Haiti hospital

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Video: Inside hurricane-ravaged Haiti hospital

<p>The maternity unit at Beaumont hospital in Grand’ Anse, Haiti, lies in ruin.</p> <p>Smashed glass carpets the delivery rooms, water drips in from holes in the ceiling and papers and medical instruments are scattered across the floor. </p> <p>The scene represents the crippling position in which Haiti finds itself since being hit by Hurricane Matthew in early October. </p> <b>Witness testimony</b> <p>Miss Casimir, a midwife at Hôpital Saint-Antoine de Jérémie in Grand’ Anse, describes her experience as Matthew’s 233k m/h winds battered the ward where she was working.</p> <p>“There was lots of rain and wind. There wasn’t any electricity at the hospital. I did everything with a torch. Repairs, stitches…” </p> <p>After suffering a devastating magnitude 7 earthquake in 2010, Matthew is the second natural disaster to hit in under a decade and has plunged the recovering country into crisis.</p> <b>Challenges facing Haiti</b> <p>With United Nations figures estimating the number of Haitians in need of help at 1.4 million, they have announced that a “massive response” in terms of aid is required.</p> <p>The race to get help to the worst-affected regions, such as Grand’ Anse, is essential in combatting outbreaks of tetanus, diphtheria and, in particular, cholera – levels of which have tripled in some areas (<a href="http://www.unocha.org/aggregator/sources/66"><span class="caps">OCHA</span> sitrep</a>).</p> <b>Support in Haiti</b> <p>As well as the need for outside aid, support networks in Haiti itself are proving vital in helping communities to recover. </p> <p>With the risk of gender-based violence increasing in the wake of Matthew, particularly within displaced populations <a href="http://www.unocha.org/aggregator/sources/66"><span class="caps">OCHA</span> sitrep</a>, women’s groups have been established in some areas to give women the opportunity to gather together.</p> <p>The Dame Marie women’s group is one of such support networks.</p> <iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gjBOGYv3VcU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>It is primarily an economic livelihood-based group, where women can learn about agriculture and fishing, but also provides a support structure and space to address other issues like gender-based violence.</p> <p>The groups provide a much-needed tower of strength in a time of great instability for many in Haiti</p> <p>Images provided by <a href="http://www.unfpa.org/"><span class="caps">UNFPA</span></a></p>