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Haiti: UN concerned about limited humanitarian access

29 Oct 2019

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22 August 2019. Marché Leon, located in Haiti's Grand'Anse Department, is one of the largest informal markets in Haiti. The market helps hundreds of small producers to earn some money. Credit: Christian Cricboom

The UN and humanitarian partners in Haiti are concerned about the deterioration of humanitarian access in the past six weeks as a result of widespread protests. This is limiting their ability to deliver assistance to thousands of the most vulnerable Haitians.

The humanitarian community urges all parties to facilitate access to everyone affected by the current crisis so they can receive the assistance they need.

“We must be allowed to continue assisting the neediest in accordance with humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence, which guide our work,” said Fernando Hiraldo, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. 

Street demonstrations, focused on calls for the president to step down, have led to unrest in the country in recent weeks.

Despite the worrying security context, the UN and humanitarian partners have in recent days delivered a one-month supply of fuel, drugs, medical supplies and oxygen tanks to 17 hospitals, providing health care to more than 4.3 million people. The fuel delivered will allow pumping stations to distribute drinking water to more than 400,000 people.