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Haiti - Humanitarian : UN concerned about the potentially dire consequences of the crisis
31/10/2019 10:33:28

Haiti - Humanitarian : UN concerned about the potentially dire consequences of the crisis
Mr Fernando Hiraldo, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator a.i for Haiti, expressed concern with ongoing severe restrictions to humanitarian access resulting from more than six weeks of social unrest.

Humanitarian organizations in Haiti are concerned with the deterioration of access to communities, which limits their capacity to deliver assistance to thousands of vulnerable Haitians. Not restoring immediate and unconditional access to communities whose needs were alarming even prior to the ongoing crisis could lead to potentially dire consequences for hundreds of thousands of families.

Humanitarian partners have faced serious difficulties to move around and reach exhausted population over more than six weeks. Health facilities cannot be resupplied adequately, which threatens the lives of many children, women and men.

Some 19,000 children suffering from malnutrition need urgent care https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29082-haiti-news-zapping.html Thousands of people have limited or no access to clean water because of fuel supply challenges for pumping stations https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-28890-haiti-notice-drinking-water-distribution-compromised-by-the-demonstrations.html . In addition, some two million children cannot reach schools where canteens are also facing supply challenges.

The humanitarian community urges all parties to facilitate access to hospitals, schools and orphanages to vulnerable people and those affected by the current crisis as well as humanitarian organizations so that assistance can be delivered. "We must be allowed to continue assisting the neediest in accordance with humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence, which guide our work," declared the UN Humanitarian Coordinator a.i.

Despite the worrisome prevailing security context, humanitarian partners have managed to deliver fuel https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29090-haiti-news-zapping.html , medicines and medical equipment https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-28981-haiti-news-zapping.html to 17 hospitals allowing for some 4.3 million people to receive health care for a month. The fuel delivered will allow pumping stations to distribute drinking water https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-28916-icihaiti-good-news-gradual-recovery-of-drinking-water-distribution.html to more than 400,000 people.

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