On Saturday, October 6, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Haiti, followed by strong aftershocks on Sunday and Monday. The epicenter of the quake was located roughly 12 miles from the city of Port-de-Paix, on Haiti’s northwestern coast.
The quake killed 17 people and injured 427 others. Most of the injured were treated in local health facilities, and those seriously injured were evacuated. Early estimates from the Haitian government show that 7,783 families saw their homes partially or totally destroyed by the earthquake and are in need of aid.
Since Sunday morning, Action Against Hunger’s teams in Haiti have been supporting local authorities in monitoring the impacts of the disaster and preparing to help affected populations. So far, we have:
- Supported local organizations in emergency needs assessments to determine the most urgent needs in communities;
- Repaired, cleaned, and maintained water points and established handwashing stations to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera;
- Supported a systematic evaluation of shelters housing disaster victims;
- Pre-positioned stocks of emergency supplies in Port-de-Paix, which are ready for distribution if needed.
Over the years, Haitian authorities and communities have relied upon Action Against Hunger’s support during emergencies, trusting our teams as key partners in the aftermath of both Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Irma in 2017. We have been working in Haiti since 1985, focused on preventing cholera and improving food and nutrition security among the most vulnerable communities in the north of the country.
Action Against Hunger’s programs in Haiti seek to strengthen the capacity of families, communities and local health workers to prevent and treat acute malnutrition among children through the provision of different services, from communication for behavior change and nutrition sensitive voucher-based social protection activities, to agricultural activities and the provision of safe water and environments. We are committed to promoting local markets, using locally-produced products, and reinforcing the capacities of local communities and local authorities, so they can better respond to their own needs.