Haiti suffered inconceivable destruction from the January 12, 2010 earthquake throughout the city of Port Au Prince and outskirts. The destruction of the center of Port Au Prince, the capital city and largest city in Haiti, drove people outward and pushed the middle and upper classes deeper into the mountains.
At least three million people were affected by the earthquake and six months after the quake over three quarters of a million people was living in unsafe housing or temporary shelter. There is semi–‐permanent housing under construction in several outskirts of Haiti, however there are thousands still living in tent cities off some of the main roads. Haiti is one of the most densely populated and the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
Access to quality health and oral health care is limited. Haiti has a total of 338 dentists in a population of approximately 10 million. In 2013, For World Wide Smiles (World Wide Smiles Inc.) traveled to Port Au Prince for the first time with a group of 9 to a catholic parish that governs a school and a number of orphans.