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NEED A SOURCE: experts available to speak about hurricane matthew in haiti

Needs of children among immediate priorities for response

TORONTO, October 4, 2016

As the world watches the devastation and destruction being caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti today, Plan International is on the ground and ready to respond to the needs of those affected. Plan International Canada is monitoring the situation closely and is poised to help support the immediate needs of hurricane survivors.

Available for interviews and comment on the current humanitarian needs caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti:

In Haiti:

  • Frederique Jean Pierre, Country Director, Haiti, Plan International

In Canada:

  • Dr. Tanjina Mirza, Chief Programs Officer, Plan International Canada

Plan International is conducting a rapid needs assessment and working with government, other non-governmental organizations, and UN coordinating bodies. Pre-positioned essential items (such as water and blankets) are in place to quickly support the affected population and relief teams are ready to deploy into affected areas, with some team members already positioned within communities.

Plan International has an extensive presence in Haiti, with field offices in areas that are expected to be severely impacted by the hurricane. Plan International has been working in Haiti since 1973, helping children and communities access health, education, and economic security, as well as promoting gender equality, child participation and inclusion. Since children are most vulnerable in disaster situations, Plan International’s efforts will be focused on meeting the immediate, lifesaving needs of the population and protecting children during the emergency.

For more information on Plan International’s response to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, visit

About Plan International Canada and the Because I am a Girl initiative

Founded in 1937, Plan International is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan International strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Because I am a Girl is Plan International’s global movement to transform power relations so that girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive. Visit and for more information.

Media Contacts

Irene Whittaker-Cumming, Senior Manager, Communications, Plan International Canada
T: 416 920-1654 ext. 549 | C: 647 284-9575 |

Meghan Francis, Media and Public Relations Specialist, Plan International Canada
T: 416 920-1654 ext. 376 |