UNICEF Haiti – Humanitarian Situation Report on Hurricane Matthew #9, 16 October 2016
Cholera still continues to be the biggest immediate threat post Hurricane Matthew, putting the lives of thousands of children in danger in Haiti. Ensuring access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation is therefore a priority for UNICEF. Getting children back to school, ensuring child protection and basic levels of nutrition are further focus areas for UNICEF.
UNICEF is responding in four departments of Haiti: Grand’Anse, South, Nippes and North-West. It is estimated that at least 590,000 children are in need of assistance.
Tens of thousands of people have been provided with safe water in the South, Grand Anse, and Nippes in the last few days through efforts of UNICEF and its partners including the establishment of a water plant for 20,000 people in Jeremie
Due to damage to hospitals in South, cholera patients are being treated alongside other patients, including pregnant women and young children. This brings a high risk of the disease spreading.
There is concern that in the affected areas routine vaccinations of children under 5 have not taken place since 1 October.
There are no reports of unaccompanied or separated children.
A phased return to schools in South and Grand’Anse will start on Tuesday 18 October.