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.
One of the DEC member NGOs, Merlin,reports that its Haiti medical team has been "working tirelessly" to meet the overwhelming needs of Haitians - and that the charity is concerned with long- as well as short-term care.
Contributions to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Haiti Earthquake Appeal have increased to £23 million so far, as the public responds with continuing generosity to the desperate need of Haiti's earthquake survivors.
Web and phone donations to the Haiti Earthquake Appeal over the past 24 hours have added £10m to the £2m already raised, the Disasters Emergency Committee coalition announced this morning (16 January 2010).
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) announced today (Friday 15 January 2010) that online donations to the Haiti earthquake appeal had hit £2 million in just 36 hours. The sums were raised before the first radio and television appeals.
The official broadcast of the Disasters Emergency Gaza Crisis Appeal on ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 earlier this week doubled the total money received overnight to more than £1 million. But more is needed.
Bishop William Kenney, part of a delegation of Catholic bishops from Europe and North America who visited Israel-Palestine this month, has expressed regret at the BBC's refusal to show a charity appeal for Gaza.
A House of Commons motion criticising the BBC and Sky for refusing to broadcast a plea for humanitarian aid funding for Gaza has been backed by 112 MPs. Actors and directors are also joining the protest.