This report was produced by OCHA Haiti with contributions from United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes, nongovernmental organizations and humanitarian partners.
Nearly half of quake-affected people in need have received humanitarian assistance through coordinated efforts led by national and departmental authorities in collaboration with local and international humanitarian partners.
As the earthquake response moves into a new phase, the Government, under the leadership of the Haitian Civil Protection General Directorate (DGPC), is recalibrating its response strategy to ensure assistance is provided to populations in remote hard-to-reach areas.
With the school year set to begin in less than two weeks in quake-affected departments, Government and partners are in a race against time to construct temporary learning spaces and ensure rehabilitation of damaged school infrastructure.
The deportation of thousands of Haitians from the U.S. over the past week adds an additional layer of complexity to an already dire humanitarian situation.
800K affected people
(Source: UN System in Haiti)
650K need emergency humanitarian assistance
(Source: UN System in Haiti)
46% of people in need have received some kind of humanitarian assistance
754.2K acutely food- insecure people in the three quake- affected departments
2.2K people dead
137.5K+ damaged and destroyed homes
More than five weeks into response and recovery efforts, nearly half of quake-affected people in need of assistance have received humanitarian aid through coordinated efforts led by national and departmental authorities in collaboration with local and international humanitarian partners. Around 178,000 people have received food and cash-based transfers, over 250,000 reached with safe water and more than 211,000 non-food kits have been distributed across the three most affected departments – Grand’Anse, Nippes and Sud.
Across all sectors, security remains a major concern and challenge as partners face security risks when distributing relief assistance in affected areas. In a complex context of intertwined access and security constraints, telecommunications, logistics and transport support from humanitarian partners have been critical to bolstering collective coordination and getting assistance to those most in need faster as needs continue to mount, especially in rural and remote areas hardest hit by the powerful 7.2-magnitude quake on 14 August.
Among the key priorities of the ongoing response within the coming weeks is the acceleration of response and early recovery efforts and restoration of livelihoods particularly in hard-to-reach communities, including provision of agricultural support ahead of the planting season, so as to avoid a large-scale rural exodus and formation of spontaneous sites in the aftermath of the quake.
With the reopening of schools in quake-affected areas less than two weeks away, the Government and its partners are in a race against time to ensure adequate preparedness. Save the Children has ranked Haiti’s education system as one of the top 15 most vulnerable worldwide, just ahead of Syria and Yemen. Prior to the earthquake, it is estimated that some 500,000 children were already at risk of dropping out of school due to COVID-19-related closures and persistent insecurity. The quake left more than 900 schools damaged or destroyed in the three hardest hit departments, affecting around 300,000 boys and girls and compounding the risks faced by children out of school, including gang recruitment, informal sector work as well as abuse and exploitation. The Government and partners are working to provide temporary learning spaces to ensure that boys and girls can continue their education.
Three weeks into the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) process, which is led by the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation (MPCE) with support from the United Nations, the European Union, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, substantive progress has been made across sectors. Initial sector-based estimations of damages, losses and needs were presented at a stocktaking workshop on 15 September, with findings expected to be presented in mid-October.