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Humanitarian Affairs - Haiti

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The mission of this Humanitarian Affairs working group is to dialogue about the health and welfare of humanitarian workers in Haiti and how their organizations are supporting them.

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UN Rolls Out Aid Package for Cholera-Hit Haiti

submitted by Mike Perrett           


Haiti's cholera epidemic started in 2010 and has and killed more than 10,000 people and affected 700,000.  AFP/File / by André VIOLLAZ - AFP - by André VIOLLAZ - September 29, 2016

UNITED NATIONS (UNITED STATES) (AFP) - The United Nations will mobilize $181 million to shore up the emergency response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti and at least an equal amount for the victims and their families, a senior UN official says.

The financial package follows the United Nations's admission that it had a moral responsibility to help Haiti deal with the epidemic that broke out near a UN peacekeepers' base. . . .

. . . The new measures are on top of a bigger 10-year plan valued at $2.2 billion to help Haiti improve its sanitation infrastructure, which the United Nations launched with the Haitian government.


Letter - Cholera in Haiti - March 22, 2013

Letter to the Editor - by Curt Welling, President and Chief Exec. - AmeriCares

A Worsening Haitian Tragedy” (editorial, March 18) points out the sad reality that cholera is now endemic in Haiti. But it gives the impression that most aid organizations are leaving the country at a time when thousands are dying from a preventable disease.

While some aid groups have indeed left the country or are scaling back programs, others have made fighting the epidemic their top priority.


A Worsening Haitian Tragedy - March 17, 2013

The aid group Doctors Without Borders said last Tuesday that the cholera crisis in Haiti was getting worse, for the most unnecessary and appalling of reasons: a lack of money and basic medical supplies.

. . . International efforts to defeat the epidemic include a 10-year, $2.2 billion plan for major investments in clean water, sanitation and medical infrastructure. But that is a project for the future, one that isn’t even funded yet. Doctors Without Borders says people are dying now, needlessly, because attention and money are running out.


Hurricane Sandy: Haiti in emergency aid plea as disaster piles upon disaster

Hurricane Sandy hit Haiti last week, compunding more than a year of misery for the 370,000 refugees living in temporary camps. Photograph: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty

Image: Hurricane Sandy hit Haiti last week, compunding more than a year of misery for the 370,000 refugees living in temporary camps. Photograph: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty - Ocotber 30th, 2012 - Johnathan Watts

Haiti and the United Nations are planning an appeal for emergency aid after Hurricane Sandy killed 54 people and devastated crops last week before going on to hit the United States.

With hundreds of thousands of people still living in tents after the earthquake in 2010, Haiti was hardest hit by the storm. The call for donations follows a 96% drop in financial support for UN humanitarian programmes over the past two years, despite the continued vulnerability of the western hemisphere's poorest country.


Martelly and Lamothe Met with Parliamentarians Yesterday - October 28, 2012

After his overflight assessment of the situation (by helicopter), the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe accompanied of President Michel Martelly, met Saturday the parliamentarians in Port-au-Prince, about the crisis that confronts Haiti after the passage of Sandy After this meeting, the Prime Minister at a press conference explained "[...] As you know, this morning I appealed to national solidarity because it is important that the powers are harmonized, to be able to manage the current crisis we are experiencing and that we will continue to live, because we have a provisional toll of 200,000 victims affected and 44 casualties and this is a record that will certainly increase.

We have several cities, which are cut off from the rest of the country, which are flooded, as Léogâne, Petit-Goâve and Grand-Goâve. There are many problems in Les Cayes where many gardens are lost, Côtes de Fer is under water, we are facing a major crisis.

Tropical Storm Isaac Sparks Fears of More Cholera Deaths in Haiti - by Jacqueline Charles - September 5, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac, which left 24 dead and 3 missing in Haiti, is reigniting fears of increased cholera deaths in Haiti.

The panic began to set in after Tropical Storm Isaac’s rains had subsided and the sun finally began to shine on this storm-damaged beachfront hamlet. Frantz Pierre-Louis, looking at the trail of fallen trees and flooded farms confronting him, had something much more pressing on his mind.

“We have to prevent a cholera outbreak,” Pierre-Louis, sitting in his pick-up truck, said, his voice filled with urgency.


OCHA Haiti - Humanitarian Bulletin (July 2012)


Cholera Response

There is great concern about a possible upsurge in cholera due to contamination of water sources during heavy rains in enclaved areas.  MSPP expects an upsurge in new cholera cases with the onset of the second half of the rainy and cyclone seasons, which run from September to November.

Although Haiti experienced a general decline in new cholera cases during July, several alerts were reported in the West, South and Artibonite Departments. The commune of Carrefour in the West department was particularly affected, with up to 100 cases reported on average during a three-day period in the second week of July. The upsurge in infections was attributable to contamination of water sources in the area. There is a felt need for renewed sensitization on good sanitation practices in those communities where access to potable water remains a challenge.

Interview with Nigel Fisher, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti


UN News Centre

Nigel Fisher, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

3 May 2012 – While the overall humanitarian situation has improved, funding for relief work has fallen, leading to some concerns about the ability of the humanitarian community to fully provide frontline services for those in need.

U.S. Lawmakers Press for Action on Cholera in Haiti

submitted by Ted Kaplan

The New York Times - by Deborah Sontag - July 21, 2012

In a letter sent this week, 104 members of the United States House of Representatives urged Susan E. Rice, American ambassador to the United Nations, to press the international organization to take the lead in responding to cholera in Haiti given the strong suspicions that its troops imported the disease. “As cholera was brought to Haiti due to the actions of the U.N., we believe that it is imperative for the U.N. to now act decisively to control the cholera epidemic,” said the letter from John Conyers Jr., Democrat of Michigan, and the other representatives. . . . The letter calls for the United Nations to push harder to find financing for water and sanitation systems to control the epidemic.


Red Cross - Long-term Health Solutions a Priority in Haiti

As earthquake recovery continues in the capital region, the American Red Cross expands health outreach in the North - by Tamara Braunstein

Monday, July 16, 2012 — Pétionville, Haiti — As earthquake recovery efforts show continued progress throughout the capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas, American Red Cross activities in the Northern region of Haiti are showcasing new strides toward a broad  approach to comprehensive health outreach.

The American Red Cross was helping to establish long-term health and community improvements here before a massive earthquake rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010. Now, working with the Haitian Red Cross, the American Red Cross is working to evaluate and build community capacity to respond to threats like the 2010 cholera outbreak.

“We need a more responsible strategy – beyond just showing up, implementing programs and leaving,” said Borry Jatta, technical advisor for health programs for the American Red Cross in Haiti. “We need to ensure that local communities are able to continue our work on their own, and we need to determine what are the skills and competencies the community needs to do so.”

New Partner Organizations Back Water and Sanitation Investments to Eliminate Cholera from Hispaniola                                    (CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT)

Washington, D.C., 29 June 2012 (PAHO/WHO) – Representatives of international and civil society organizations today agreed to promote major investments in water and sanitation infrastructure in Haiti and the Dominican Republic as the long-term solution to the cholera epidemic in those countries.

Red Cross Now Supporting the Need for Phase II Cholera Epidemic Management Initiative

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
The Looming Threat - Advocacy Report on Cholera - June 2012

19 June 2012, Port-au-Prince - “There is a significant probability of a major cholera emergency in Haiti in the coming months but resources have been severely diminished”, urges the advocacy report launched today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in Haiti.

An increase in cholera cases has been reported in the Artibonite, Nord-Ouest, Nord-Est, and Ouest Departments, in the island of Gonave, as well as in displaced camps in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area and surrounding communities. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) estimates that new cases diagnosed by the end of 2012 could reach 170,000.

leiderman: cholera news and correspondence recap, mid-june'12, thank you

The following chronology plus the attached are concerns and responses across my desk in the past week to continuing efforts among many to understand and become a match for the cholera epidemic in Haiti. These were supplemented by telephone calls.

The signing of an international and interagency water/sanitation/anti-cholera declaration for Haiti and the Dominican Republic will be held June 29 at the Organization of American States, Washington, D.C. Attendance details below.

Thank you,

Stuart Leiderman

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Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:10:07 GMT

Dear Community leaders,

I hope that this e-mail will find you in very good spirit.

Video - Laurent Lamothe Meets the American Red Cross to Engage Pledged Moneys in Benefiting the Haitian People Now

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"There are two objectives for meeting the Red Cross.  The first objective is to thank the Red Cross for all the efforts deployed in Haiti during the earthquake.  The second objective is that the Red Cross collected more than 1.13 billion dollars for Haiti and there are still several hundred million left.  So we came here with our team to discuss our priorities and where we would like the Red Cross to allocate these funds that they have for Haiti according to the priorities of the Haitian government and the Haitian people.  We came to talk to them, work alongside with them according to the priorities of the Haitian people."

youtube - June 13, 2012

OCHA’s Operations Director Raises Cholera Alarm in Haiti; Calls for Innovative and Sustainable Solutions


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

(Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 24 May 2012): OCHA’s Director of Operations, John Ging, has ended a three-day visit to Haiti where he took stock of the humanitarian challenges, particularly the cholera epidemic and preparedness in the run-up to the hurricane season.

Cholera Treatment Shipment Arrives in Haiti

AlertNet - May 11, 2012

A shipment of 100,000 liters of IV solutions - enough to treat 17,000 severe cholera patients - arrived in Haiti amid a worsening epidemic. The delivery will ensure the only treatment center in the impoverished community of Cite Soleil is stocked with enough lifesaving rehydration fluids to help the most seriously ill patients.

AmeriCares responded to an urgent request by long-time partner, Saint Luc Foundation, after a noticeable rise in the number of cholera cases at their two treatment centers.


Food Aid System Smarter, Despite Old Flaws


South Sudanese who fled the recent ethnic violence carry food aid from a World Food Programme (WFP) distribution centre in Pibor, Jonglei State, January 12, 2012. REUTERS/Hereward Holland

This story is part of AlertNet’s special report Solutions for a hungry world

Alertnet - by Alex Whiting - May 2, 2012

LONDON (AlertNet) – Hear the word “famine” and many people imagine convoys of trucks piled high with sacks of grain arriving in a region devoid of food.

But in the 21st-century fight against hunger, aid agencies are increasingly deploying cash via food vouchers, text messages or smart cards with electronic chips. If they distribute food, it’s often food bought locally.

Changes to the international food aid system – including early warning systems, greater professionalisation of the aid system, as well as new ways of delivering aid – have reduced the number of famines and made aid more effective. But the system is still overly reliant on food imports from donor countries, experts say.


Emergency Aid Shipment for Haiti Cholera Epidemic


Treatment supplies for 17,000 patients expected to arrive next week

Stamford, Conn. – May 2, 2012 – AmeriCares is rushing to deliver more than 100,000 liters of IV solutions for victims of the worsening cholera epidemic in Haiti. The emergency shipment contains enough IV fluids to treat at least 17,000 of the most seriously ill patients. Already more than 7,000 people have died since the outbreak began in October 2010 and reported cases have been on the rise again with the return of the rainy season.

Cholera Solutions for Haiti

submitted by Shelly Chvotzkin

Letter to the Editor - by Curt Welling - The New York Times - April 5, 2012

To the Editor:

Global Failures on a Haitian Epidemic” (front page, April 1) draws long-overdue attention to the health crisis in Haiti.

Eradicating cholera is a goal that requires a billion-dollar investment in water and sanitation. Until such an infrastructure can be built and managed, we must partner with Haitians to provide medicines and supplies needed to treat and prevent this devastating disease. Fighting cholera has been the top priority of AmeriCares in Haiti from the onset of the outbreak.

While some aid organizations were slow to respond or have scaled back their cholera programs, others — including AmeriCares — reacted quickly and have expanded efforts. We had cholera medicines and hygiene supplies in stock when the first case was confirmed, and within 24 hours an emergency shipment was en route to the hospital in St. Marc.

Cholera control may still be several years away in Haiti. In the meantime, we can reduce the suffering.

President and Chief Executive
Stamford, Conn., April 2, 2012

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