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Haiti’s Most Vulnerable Children at Heightened Risk in Earthquake’s Aftermath

PhysOrg.com As Haiti rebuilds from the devastation of January’s earthquake, a Yale study finds that the country’s most vulnerable children will likely face unique and additional risks in the forms of gender-based violence against women, child trafficking and poor psychosocial health. The findings appear in the Aug. 3 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Jhumka Gupta, assistant professor at Yale School of Public Health, and co-author Alpna Agrawal, a post-doctoral fellow at Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, contend that the physical devastation, widespread displacement and loss of life from the earthquake, coupled with the high rates of poverty and gender-based violence against women that existed pre-disaster, will further compromise children’s health and safety. The authors analyzed pre-earthquake data from nearly 8,000 Haitian households (where 22,495 children resided) and found that 32 percent of these children met UNICEF’s […]

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