CDAC HAITI sitrep 9

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CDAC HAITI sitrep 9


Sitrep #9 15/02/2010

    Contact Imogen Wall, UN OCHA

    +41 22 917 4694

    +41 79 444 0034

    +44 7932 973 551

Top lines

    ? Baseline impact and needs assessments of impact on local media completed

    initial findings from joint Internews/IMS/AMARC assessments now available on the

    NING site

    ? Out of 20 stations surveyed in PaP, seven were completely destroyed and only two

    suffered little or no damage

    ? Many stations are broadcasting reduced hours due to fuel shortages, and lack of

    advertising revenue is a major and growing problem

    ? CDAC Haiti Lessons Learned and Strategic Planning meeting schedule for

    February 26

    th in London ? IMS Centre for local media associations due to open this week


? Nouvelles Utiles: Internews now producing 15 minutes a day on average, going out

    on around 25 stations including MINUSTAH FM. Working on diversifying format and

    longer term planning.

    ? Full reach of service unknown but MINUSTAH FM reaches 80% of the island and

    programme team have received texts from Jacmel

    ? Feedback service for listeners has been established they can now text/call

    programme. First 24 hours of this service produced over 800 texts/calls. Key issue of

    concern for callers is still availability of food aid and information requests concerning

    the WFP food distribution system.

    ? UNFPA are planning a half hourly radio show talking about psychosocial issues

    ? AMARC have identified a community radio women’s network – REFRAKA. Their

    offices were destroyed but their staff survived AMARC are assisting them to

    regroup and re-establish media production. Video report available on NING site. ? AMARC/SAKS have begun visiting and assessing community radio stations outside

    the immediately affected quake area which serve areas where large numbers of IDPs

    have congregated.

    ? In Leogane, IMS found that only 3 of 14 stations were still broadcasting and 9 had

    been completely destroyed

    ? In Petit Goave, IMS found that only 5 out of 14 stations were operational

    International radio:

? BBC Creole service ceased broadcasting on February 12th. Application for funding to

    produce a new, longer term service has been made to ERRF. ? Outline of BBC broadcast content to date available from Lisa and on NING site


    ? RFI will be filling broadcast slot vacated by BBC programming with Internews

    programming instead


? No update


? Print capacity badly damaged before quake. Local paper Le Nouvelliste still

    publishing online only but hoping to resume print early Feb

    ? Print journalists able to access CDAC content and messaging through local media

    association partnerships.

    ? Courrier International (Paris based French language weekly) has given over space

    to Haitian print journalists unable to publish due to damage to their printer.

    Phones and Telecoms:

? EIS service now has about 10,000 subscribers

    ? EIS is moving to a new short code on Voila and Digicel

    ? EIS is planning on continuing for another month at least and look to begin handover

    to a local setup in a few weeks

    ? IFRC is pushing out texts to 1.2 million people a day on sanitation and other areas

    and has started a recorded information service with recorded messages about health

    and other issues.

    ? Haitian government has started a phone line to call if you need a body removed or a

    house disinfected it’s 35-10-44-76

    Radio distributions US Military have completed distribution of 50,000 approx wind up models and may be bringing in

    more information from MINUSTAH reports additional 14000.

    ? Freeplay Foundation currently fundraising for wind up radios and very keen to work

    with us. Liaising with Internews on distribution needs, and UNFPA on getting radios

    to women specifically. Also interested in programming in education.

Surveys and assessment

    ? Initial findings of needs/impact assessement of local media, conducted by Internews,

    IMS, AMARC, RSF and others, are being completed. Initial findings available on the

    NING site.

    CDAC organizations and affiliates: work at field level


Messaging completed and incorporated into programming on:

    - Upcoming vaccination campaign on polio and measles

    - Current food distribution strategy explaining voucher system, calling for calm etc

    - Information on services for specialist health needs HIV support, women who have been

    sexually assaulted

    - Blood drives (MSF and Haitian Red Cross)

    - Pleas for calm and for people to stay off the road to allow aid through (OCHA, Haitian

    police, MINUSTAH)

- Disease prevention advice including: adding drops of bleach to water, how long to keep

    water and how to store it safely

    - Identification of PDST and trauma symptoms in children and where to get help

    - Information on Cash for Work programmes how to get involved (through your

    neighbourhood committees), how much you will earn and what you will be doing

    (collecting rubble) (UNDP and Early Recovery cluster)

    All messaging from the humanitarian response is being developed in partnership with and signed

    off by the relevant cluster, and packaged by local Haitian journalists to ensure cultural sensitivity

    and appropriate use of language etc. All organizations can provide suggestions/requests for content on Clusters working with CDAC operations so far include:

Health (WHO)

    WASH- child protection (UNICEF)

    Early recovery (UNDP)

    Protection (UNCHR, UNFPA)

    Food (WFP)

Individual organizations include: Save the Children (adoption and PTSD in children), Haitian

    police (illegal trade in aid), OCHA (appeals to keep roads open for aid), family reunification

    (IFRC), Haitian Red Cross (blood drive), UNICEF (child vaccination programme)


    ? Internews leading at field level on coordination and on humanitarian liaison,

    supported by Kristen Knutson of OCHA who is facilitating contact with the clusters.

    ? Mark Frohardt now back in PaP to lead Internews coordination work for CDAC

    ? IMS leading on direct support to local media and liaising with Internews.

    ? Ongoing effort at field and global level to reach out to media and communications

    organizations not previously affiliated with CDAC to offer coordination services and

    discuss cooperation, including national media organizations. Meetings in PaP have

    now been held with IMS, AMARC, Association of Haitian Journalists, RSF, SOS

    Journalists and the Haitian Press Network.

Local media support:

    ? IMS is establishing a centre for Haitian media associations that will also work as the

    hub for the interface between local media and CDAC. A round table is planned soon.

    ? Reporters Without Borders (RSF): RSF are scaling up a centre for local journalists

    located on Cheriez Street in Canape-Vert neighbourhood, phone number +1 514 664


    ? IMS supporting cash grants to specific affected journalists already identified by RSF.

    Other interventions being planned

    CDAC and affiliates HQ:


    ? Briefed Global Protection cluster with very positive response several follow up

    emails requesting contacts and more information, and UNICEF circulated the one

    pager around the entire Child Protection working group

? Briefed WHO who are very interested in working with us more comprehensively will

follow up with request to brief global health cluster

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