Haiti - Humanitarian : Launching of the appeal of $231 millions
Whether the epidemic of cholera, emergency preparedness or humanitarian needs of people still living in camps pending their relocation, humanitarian actors continue to conduct coordinated activities in support of ministries and Technical departments of the Government.
"We all know that the problems faced by Haiti are structural and require long-term investment for the development of the country. But such solutions take time and do not exclude the fact that humanitarian response is still needed in Haiti today," said Ms. Florence Guillaume, Minister of Public Health and Population.
Nigel Fisher, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti said that over 2.5 billion dollars was allocated by bilateral and multilateral partners for the humanitarian action since January 12 "In 2010 we have provided shelter to 1.5 million people, most of them had access for the first time to sanitation and hygiene. But even if the number of people in the camps has decreased significantly, 500,000 people still live under tents and will need a vital assistance next year," he added.
The cholera epidemic which broke out Oct. 19, 2010 caused the loss of nearly 7,000 Haitians and infected 500,000 people. The country is also facing a situation of food insecurity that affects 4.6 million people. Add to this the high level of vulnerability of the island face the major climatic event.
The Consolidated Appeal for Haiti in 2012 seeks to fund 180 projects aiming critical humanitarian needs for which there is no other source of funding.
Cluster Funds required ($)
Grand Total 230 544 824$
The number of people living in camps has decreased by 64% in one year but the need for basic service and protection of those still living in tents and tarpaulins are important. The number of camps under threat of expulsion rose from 87 in July 2010 to 348 in July, an increase of 400%.
The decrease in access to water and sanitation and hygiene in the camps continues. The withdrawal of humanitarian agencies due to lack of funding in 2011 resulted in a reduction of services to services to empty the latrines, a deterioration of maintenance and repair services of health facilities. These factors provide a fertile ground for the spread of cholera.
The current crop could help reduce the level of food insecurity in 2012. However, some areas of the country and over one million people without fixed income in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince should be affected by high levels of food insecurity and poverty in 2012.
Face to the recurring climate hazards whose are victims each year the most vulnerable populations of the country, it will also be necessary to continue the activities of local capacity building and mitigation work in camps and communities at risk. It will also be necessary to identify solutions to address the lack of shelters in case of evacuation and of logistical capacity and increase the volume of stocks of humanitarian supplies pre-positioned...