Violence, disease and hunger threatening children’s lives

Increasing armed group violence, a resurgence of cholera, rising malnutrition rates and soaring inflation are creating a terrifying environment for children in Haiti. UNICEF is working tirelessly to ensure children and families receive the urgent life-saving support they need.

The rising concern of violence in Haiti 

Children’s lives are under threat in Haiti as armed groups fight for territory and control, particularly in the capital of Port-au-Prince. 

Health facilities are being forced to close due to attacks on staff by armed groups. Schools are equally threatened, as incidents of looting, gun violence and kidnapping at schools have increased dramatically over the past year. 

The looming threats of violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, as well as family separation and displacement, are taking a heavy toll on children's mental health and well-being.

Haiti hunger crisis

At the same time, malnutrition and cases of cholera, an infection caused by contaminated food or water, are at record levels across the country. The number of children suffering from life-threatening malnutrition has already risen 30 per cent since last year; nearly one in four children across the country suffers from chronic malnutrition.

Malnutrition and cholera are a lethal combination, as children suffering from severe acute malnutrition are more vulnerable to cholera and far more at risk of dying from the disease.

With limited access to safe drinking water, affordable food and basic education and health services, children and their families in Haiti are reaching a breaking point.

In addition to the violence, hunger and disease, Haiti, which is still recovering from two devastating earthquakes in the last decade, faces the constant threat of hurricanes and earthquakes, compounding the problems it is already facing.

Help us bring life-saving support to children in Haiti

How UNICEF is responding to the crisis in Haiti

Despite the extremely insecure and volatile environment, UNICEF is staying in Haiti. We have been working with partners to step up efforts to protect families and provide urgent life-saving support, including:

  • Delivering cholera kits and improving access to safe drinking water;
  • Supporting nutrition services, including treatment for severe acute malnutrition;
  • Promoting safe learning environments;
  • Prioritizing psychosocial support and protection services to victims of gender-based violence, unaccompanied and separated children, and those associated with armed groups;
  • Assisting with disaster recovery and preparedness.

How your donation will help children in Haiti

We need generous donors like you to help UNICEF:

  • Treat 115,602 children with severe acute malnutrition;
  • Provide 1.1 million children with access to formal or non-formal education, including early learning;
  • Reach 1.5 million people with a sufficient quantity and quality of water;
  • Provide 205,200 children and parents with mental health and psychosocial support.