Situation in Haiti :
On August 14, a massive 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Haiti. Thousands of buildings collapsed, including homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and churches. More than 1,900 people were killed, more than 9,900 injured and approximately 1.2 million people, including 540,000 children, were affected by the earthquake. These numbers are expected to increase significantly as search and rescue efforts continue.
Hospitals are completely overwhelmed. Some were damaged in the earthquake, while others lack the supplies and capacity to treat the alarming influx of wounded people.
To make matters worse, Tropical Storm Grace has triggered extensive flooding in affected areas, making rescue and relief efforts even more difficult.
The situation in Haiti is critical. We must respond immediately.
"The hospitals are full; they can’t admit anyone. In the hospitals, there are many people who are injured. So far, we know there are still people under the rubble, and the hospitals are lacking medication and medical supplies."
Jean Guerson Alexandre, UNICEF Child Protection Officer, Haiti
How Urgent is the Humanitarian Situation in Haiti?
Even before the earthquake, Haiti was already in a precarious humanitarian situation, with at least 4.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Haiti is dealing with crises on multiple fronts, including political instability, growing violence, rising food insecurity and malnutrition, and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
All of this adds an extra layer of complexity to our humanitarian response efforts. Road blockages and security concerns make it difficult to reach some affected areas. And the displacement of thousands of people has created ripe conditions for a spike in COVID-19 infections, potentially overwhelming an already overstretched health system. Haiti has received only 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, despite requiring far more.
The Haiti earthquake has exposed an already vulnerable population to yet another crisis. New humanitarian needs are emerging, on top of those created by simultaneously unfolding emergencies.
Your help is urgently needed to address this dire and complex humanitarian situation. Please give to the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund today.
How Will My Donation Help Haitian Children?
UNICEF has an office, staff and prepositioned emergency supplies in southern Haiti and is well-positioned to respond to the immediate needs of children and families affected by the earthquake. We have already sent medical kits to hospitals in Les Cayes and Jeremie to support 30,000 people, with more on the way.
Despite ongoing security risks due to violence, as well as logistical challenges due to damaged infrastructure and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF is committed to continue bringing life-saving aid to children affected by the Haiti earthquake.
Your gift will help:
- Provide safe shelter and safe water to children and families who have been displaced from their homes because of the earthquake
- Send urgently-needed medical supplies to hospitals, including sanitation equipment to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among displaced people
- Protect children who have been separated from their families amidst the chaos following the earthquake
"Now and in the days to come, UNICEF will remain on the ground working with the Government and our partners to reach vulnerable children and families."
Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director