Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Haiti on January 30, slightly one year after the devastating earthquake, to consult with members of civil society, political actors, Haiti's president, and international partners on the ongoing electoral situation, as well as reconstruction efforts.
En Route to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Secretary Clinton said, "We have a deep commitment to the Haitian people. And that goes to humanitarian aid, it goes to governance and democracy programs."
She continued, "...[W]e are focused on helping the Haitian people. And one of the ways we want to help them is by making sure that their political choices are respected."
In addition to meeting with Haitian President Rene Preval, Secretary Clinton met with leaders of civil society, electoral candidates, and the Special Representative of the United Nations. The Secretary also visited a health cholera treatment center, where she said, "...The United States Government is very committed to continuing our support for the work that is being done here. We have many ways of doing that, and certainly directly through our Embassy, USAID, PEPFAR, CDC, so many other American Government entities, and then also through our support for the Haitian Government and NGOs like Partners in Health.
"But I am very impressed by what has been accomplished in a short period of time, and I want to reassure and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the needs of the Haitian people, the health needs and other needs that are present and in many ways exacerbated by the continuing efforts at reconstruction and redevelopment following the earthquake.
"But I wanted to come and see for myself. It's a good news story to the extent that the numbers are diminishing, but it's by no means over. They are still admitting patients, as they did today. They are still treating people. And thankfully, we are better equipped to be able to save lives and limit the fatalities. But we have a long way to go, just as we have a long way to go in our ongoing work with Haiti."