Relief efforts in Haiti: progress and obstacles

The World

Yesterday, The Haitian Red Cross released its first estimate of the death toll after Tuesday’s earthquake. It said between 45,000 and 50,000 people might have died. As the body count rises, relief efforts are intensifying. President Obama promised $100 million and more than 5,000 soldiers and marines, but the aid workers are facing many obstacles reaching the victims.

While most of the relief is still on its way, some aid workers were already in the country before the quake. One of them is Chloe Gans-Rugebregt, a health delegate to the Haiti delegation of The American Red Cross.

For the stateside perspective on relief work, we’re joined by Adrian Kerrigan, who is organizing medical relief from New York as president of the Catholic Medical Mission Board.

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