The World Council of Churches has welcomed the initiative by the G7 industrialised nations which pledged this past weekend to write Haiti's debts off. It has also called on the IMF and others to follow suit.
The lives of thousands of expectant mothers in Haiti and the lives of their unborn babies are at risk after the earthquake left the healthcare system in tatters, leaving the women with no choice but to deliver their babies in emergency camps.
Long-term reconstruction and development in Haiti must be locally led if it is to have any chance of success, the Catholic agency Progressio says two weeks after a devastating earthquake rocked the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere.
Donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) have topped £50m exactly two weeks after the devastating earthquake hit Haiti. Christian Aid, the Methodist Church and the Non-Believers Giving scheme also report a surge in support.
World Council of Churches General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has added his name to a growing chorus of calls from around the globe for the cancellation of quake-hit Haiti's crippling international debt.
The UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator yesterday told delegates attending the Ministerial Conference on Haiti that health care, food, water and shelter are top priorities for quake survivors.