Human Development Index
163 (out of 188 countries ranked)
People Helped in 2020: 473,388
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs
Years of political instability and recurring natural disasters have kept Haiti in an impoverished tailspin, placing one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after another in their path to development, with some 55% of the Haitian population currently living below the poverty line. Haiti is highly vulnerable to natural disasters and a socio-political crisis has raged in the country since 2018. After just barely recovering from a decade-long cholera epidemic, Haiti’s access to drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene remains a major concern.
The COVID-19 pandemic has strained the already-limited health system, and government measures, including the closing of borders, contributed to a notable slowdown in the economy. Prices have surged and many people, particularly women, have lost their income and livelihoods. About 42% of the population is in a situation of acute food insecurity, and 22 percent of children are chronically malnourished.
In Haiti, our teams prevent and treat malnutrition and other illnesses, improve access to water, sanitation, and hygiene, and support food security and livelihoods among the most vulnerable people. In 2020, our teams screened 53,955 children for malnutrition and referred children in need of treatment to the health facilities we support. We provided 1,320 families with cash transfers, built or rehabilitated 51 water points, and developed a social marketing strategy to increase supply and demand of home water-treatment products. The team also built and rehabilitated 62 latrines and developed a communal emergency plan for Port-de-Paix.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we prioritized the implementation of lifesaving activities, which included distribution of cash transfers, installation of handwashing stations, and activities to raise awareness. We also supported the government’s response plan to COVID-19 by working with health facility staff on prevention and control activities and community-level education.