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WHAT IS THE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN HAITI?

A cholera outbreak in Haiti threatens the lives of more than 1.2 million children. 

Cholera is one of the most fatal infectious diseases, with the ability to spread quickly through entire populations. Without urgent treatment, infected people can die within hours. 

The situation in Haiti is even more dire for nearly 100,000 children whose immune systems have been weakened by malnutrition. Acutely malnourished children are at least three times more likely to die if they contract cholera.  

This crisis is a children’s crisis. More than half of cases reported so far have occurred in children under 14. The disease continues to spread, with a projected 100 more cases being added every day.  

The situation is critical. We must respond immediately.

ACT NOW TO HELP CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THE CRISIS IN HAITI

WHAT IS CAUSING THE CRISIS IN HAITI?

Prior to the cholera outbreak, Haiti was already in a precarious situation, with at least 4.9 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. 

Armed gangs have blocked access to Haiti’s main port and fuel terminals, cutting off the supply of fuel to hospitals and health centres. Violent protests and barricades are hindering the delivery of supplies and preventing families from reaching medical care. Water trucking, the main safe water source for many areas of Haiti, cannot reach poor neighbourhoods, where solid waste is piling up in the streets. 

The cholera outbreak has exposed children and families in Haiti to yet another crisis. Your help is urgently needed to address this devastating and complex humanitarian situation. 

Please give to UNICEF’s Haiti Emergency Fund today.

HOW WILL MY DONATION HELP CHILDREN IN HAITI?

UNICEF has an office, staff, and pre-positioned emergency supplies in Haiti. We are well-positioned to respond to the immediate needs of children and families affected by the cholera outbreak. 

Despite ongoing security risks due to violence and logistical challenges due to blockades and fuel shortages, UNICEF is committed to continue bringing life-saving supplies to children. 

Your gift will help provide:

  • 6,000 gallons of diesel to increase water distribution by water trucking or water pumps, and to support the functioning of cholera treatment centres and health services
  • 3,600 kg of chlorine to help treat water points in outbreak hotspots and stop the spread of the disease
  • 71 medical kits to treat 1,500 cases of diarrhea and 14 hospital beds at treatment centres
  • 2.75 million water purification tablets and 28,230 soap bars for families in affected areas
  • Quality care for 8,000 children under five with severe acute malnutrition, including therapeutic food and milk
  • Targeted prevention messages to reduce disease transmission among people in the affected areas 

"When you are unable to get safe drinking water by tap in your own home, when you don’t have soap or water purifying tablets, and you have no access to health services, you may not survive cholera. The devastating impact of fuel restrictions and violence has made children the main victims of the outbreak."

Bruno Maes, UNICEF Haiti Representative