A snag in the humanitarian supply chain can prove disastrous for those in need.
There’s never a greater need for an efficient supply chain than in the aftermath of a disaster. This was certainly the case on January 12, 2010, when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the Caribbean island of Haiti.
Following the quake, Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince was reduced to a city of rubble. In the days after the tragedy, shortages of food and water abounded, medical care remained lacking, and gasoline was in short supply. The earthquake left between 220,000 and 316,000 people dead, 300,000 injured, 1.5 million displaced — and a country in desperate need of humanitarian relief.