Barbara has welcomed the announcement by the International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander that the Government will treble to £20 million the UK’s emergency assistance to Haiti.
Barbara also welcomed the life-saving work done by UK fire fighters to rescue people from the rubble, including three fire fighters from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service who are based in Salford.
Barbara is also supporting the fundraising appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee, made up of leading UK charities like Save the Children and Oxfam, which is helping to co-ordinate the aid effort.
“I welcome the announcement by the International Development Secretary that we will be trebling the amount of UK aid for disaster relief in Haiti to £20 million.
“There is an overwhelming need for food, water, sanitation, shelter and medicine among the people in Haiti who have been made homeless by the earthquake. I am pleased the UK Government is doing all that it can at the international level to help get aid to the people who need it.
“Many people in this country have already give generously to the appeal for Haiti set up by the Disasters Emergency Committee, If anyone has not already made a donation and would like to do so they can make a donation by calling 0370 60 60 900 or visiting www.dec.org.uk”.
The £20 million of emergency assistance is being used to respond to urgent needs – and includes:
- £1 million for the International Federation of the Red Cross towards food, shelter, water and other immediate needs to 20,000 families
- £2 million for the World Food Programme for transport and logistics
- £1m to assist with aid co-ordination
- £300,000 for the World Health Organisation for disease surveillance to help prevent epidemics in the aftermath of the disaster
- other essential work, including food, shelter, health and sanitation