Hurricane Matthew that hit the Caribbean in October 2016 has resulted in the largest humanitarian crisis in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. This is at a time when the country already faces an increase in the number of cholera cases, and severe food insecurity and malnutrition. UN needs help from the private sector to provide humanitarian relief and recovery in Haiti.
Water distribution systems have reportedly collapsed in the main affected cities of the southern area, particularly in Jérémie and Les Cayes. The impact of the hurricane has increased the already high risk of waterborne diseases, particularly cholera. Natural water sources, particularly in the southern departments, have been contaminated by storm water and sewage overflow. While the delivery of drinking water supplies are immediately needed, the focus will also include emergency support to the restoration of water systems and prevention of the spread of water-borne diseases.
For this, $15 million is required to reach 750,000 people. Priority Actions:
1. Ensure access to safe water (7.5l-15 l/day/pers).
2. Sensitise affected people on public health risks and cholera protection.
3. Ensure adequate excreta management and elimination in affected areas (20 persons per toilet).