Haiti 2012

CERF provides US$4 million for storm-affected people in Haiti

11 December 2012: Hurricane Sandy hit Haiti on 23 October and brought three consecutive days of heavy rain and severe flooding. The storm caused several deaths and damaged homes and public infrastructure. As a result, the Government of Haiti declared a state of emergency on 30 October.

The hurricane generated a number of critical humanitarian needs and exacerbated existing ones. Of utmost concern are the 1.5 million people living in severe food insecurity in rural areas that were affected by the hurricane. These people have lost their agricultural land and livelihoods, and up to 450,000 adults and 4,000 children under age 5 are now at risk of severe acute malnutrition. Combined with the impacts of droughts and Tropical Storm Isaac, the entire country’s food-security situation is threatened.

The hurricane also destroyed more than 6,000 houses and damaged an additional 21,000 houses. An estimated 31,000 people lost their homes, the majority of whom now live with host families or in improvised accommodations, while 3,000 are still living in one of 18 hurricane shelters where they took refuge during and after the storm. Hundreds of public buildings and facilities, including cholera-treatment facilities, hospitals and schools, are destroyed, and infrastructure, notably potable water networks have suffered significant damage. As a result, new cholera outbreaks are feared.

In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$4 million to help UN agencies and humanitarian partners provide support in food aid, agriculture, nutrition, shelter, and health, water and sanitation interventions.

A total of $1.3 million has been allocated to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), $631,000 to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), $1 million to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), $666,000 to the World Food Programme (WFP), $160,000 to the World Health Organization (WHO) and $187,000 to the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

The funds aim to assist 395,500 affected people.

CERF in Action - Rapid Response

CERF gives $8 million to support humanitarian activities in Haiti

13 March 2012: Almost two years after the 2010 earthquake, internal displacement in Haiti remains a significant problem with some 550,000 people still living in camps in and around Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in the country. The earthquake struck a country already ravaged by poverty and prone to natural disasters.

Following the earthquake, a cholera epidemic engulfed the country affecting more than half a million people, or 5 per cent of the population. Some 45 per cent of the population face difficulty meeting basic food requirements while health and sanitation infrastructure and coverage remain precariously low.

Despite the efforts of local authorities and the international community, protection requirements, particularly for the most vulnerable internally displaced people (IDPs), are still unmet. The protection of displaced women and girls from sexual and gender based violence remains an increasing concern.

CERF in Action - Underfunded Emergencies