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Responding to emergencies and strengthening populations’ resilience

Haiti counts among the most disaster-affected countries in the world. A part of the country was ravaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, causing damages that came on top of a cholera epidemic raging since 2010, and environmental, political and socio-economic issues that undermine the country. Since the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, ACTED’s projects have been focusing on responding to the urgent needs of affected populations. ACTED nowadays continues to intervene against cholera and to improve access to clean water as well as water, hygiene and sanitation management.

Hurricane Matthew has had devastating impacts, destroying homes and farming, communication and water infrastructure. ACTED adopted a multisectoral and integrated response strategy to address the needs of affected populations, with particular attention to rehabilitation and protection, while constructing water facilities to ensure vital access to clean water. Access to healthcare services still represents a major difficulty for most of the population. ACTED have been committed to enhancing access to healthcare services, with a strong mobilisation to tackle the cholera epidemic

A multisectoral emergency response to Hurricane Matthew

ACTED launched emergency operations in the aftermath of the disaster in October 2016 to respond to crucial food, water and shelter needs of affected populations. Priority was given to basic food and non-food items distributions, while ensuring safe access to clean water. People whose home was destroyed by the hurricane have been able to access temporary shelter thanks to tarpaulins and repair kits distributions. The end of 2016 also saw the launch of sustainable recovery-oriented interventions, in particular for shelter.

Improving access to healthcare services

The cholera epidemic further exacerbates the issues faced by the population in accessing formal healthcare structures. Since 2010 ACTED has thus continued to monitor, investigate and respond to cholera cases. Epidemiologic monitoring is complemented by immediate response at patient’s home, awareness raising activities and rehabilitations of health centres and cholera treatment units. ACTED also started rehabilitation works in specialised healthcare structures dedicated to maternal and child health, thus ensuring an improved access to healthcare services for mothers and young children, while ensuring safer conditions for childbirth.

Partners in 2016 :

Agence de l'eau Rhin-Meuse, France, CARE, Concern Worldwide, Conseil départemental de l'Essonne, Conseil départemental des Hauts-de-Seine, Conseil départemental des Yvelines, Conseil National Haïtien des Acteurs Non Etatiques (CONHANE), Conseil régional de Bretagne, Conseil régional de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Direction Nationale de l’Eau Potable et de l’Assainissement haïtienne (DINEPA), EuropeAid, Fondation Chanel, Fondation Pierre Fabre, Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF), Médecins du Monde (MDM) Mission des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Office de l'Eau de la Martinique, Office for The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM), Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM), TOTAL Haïti

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