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Haiti: Situation update

18 Nov 2019

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Jérémie, the capital city of the Grand'Anse department in Haiti, August 2019. Credit: OCHA/Christian Cricboom

Most businesses and schools in Haiti have remained closed since mid-September due to protests and unrest, which are negatively impacting economic and social life in Port-au-Prince and other urban centres.

Increasing levels of food insecurity are exacerbating the situation. Some 3.7 million people are in crisis and experiencing emergency levels of food insecurity, including 1 million people – out of a total population of 11 million – at emergency level 4, according to the latest Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) report. Assessments indicate that food-insecure populations will increase to more than 4 million people by March 2020.

The capacity of humanitarian organizations to deliver assistance has been constrained due to the lack of access to people in need as a result of road blocks, and also to a lack of funding. The Humanitarian Response Plan requires US$126 million to be implemented, but is only 29 per cent funded so far.

Within the limited resources, the United Nations and humanitarian partners are focused on responding to the urgent humanitarian needs, in particular food security, health and water, supplies for which they are relying on an August 2019 Central Emergency Relief Fund Rapid Response allocation of US$5 million.

In addition, the World Food Programme (WFP) is establishing a UN Humanitarian Air Service operation with a US$1 million allocation from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support delivery despite difficulties in accessing areas in need.