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.
The areas most affected by Hurricane Matthew are among some of the most vulnerable to Gender-based Violence, family separation and exposure of children to violence, exploitation and abuse. While further assessments are needed, social services in those areas will need support to ensure swift identification of women and children in need of assistance and protection as a result of the hurricane. Grande’ Anse is the department in Haiti with the highest rate of child placement in informal foster care (in particular due to child domestic work) or in institutions. Due to the destruction of productive assets and the human, material and economic impact of the hurricane, there is a high risk of family separation harmful to the safety, health and development of children. In Les Cayes, South department, 1112 children (423 girls) are in need of urgent assistance and protection due to destruction of the infrastructures and limited access to basic services. A similar situation is likely to emerge in other parts of the country.
$7.2 million is required to reach 389,000 people. Priority Actions include:
1. Ensure that vulnerable persons affected by the emergency are identified and have equal and safe access to humanitarian assistance.
2. Assess and respond to the psycho-social needs of affected populations.
3. Provide child protection as well as services to prevent and respond to Gender-based Violence.