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.
Departmental medical items stocks have been reported as damaged or lost and need to be quickly replaced to ensure that emergency care is delivered at hospital, health centers and mobile clinics level. Cholera treatment centers are reported to be damaged or destroyed in the two most affected departments, while an increase in cholera cases is already reported in the same area. At the same time surveillance systems have been affected. This reduces the capacity to identify the provenance of cholera cases, making cholera outbreaks difficult to control.
$9 is required to reach 60,000 people. Priority Actions include:
1. Restore health care delivery capacity and access to health services in the most affected areas, including access to cholera treatment and emergency care.
2. Increase epidemiological surveillance to support early detection and timely management of disease outbreaks.
3. Intensify vector-control and protective environmental health measures in impacted areas.
4. Ensure a rapid and effective response to cholera outbreaks in affected communities.
5. Support efficient coordination of assistance in the area of health and information management
to effectively address the most urgent humanitarian needs.
6. Enhance the ongoing health response through household water treatment in high risk regions.