PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Friday October 28, 2016 – Three weeks since Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti, UNICEF says it needs an additional US$22.5 million to meet the increasing needs of children in the country, including in the hurricane-hit areas.
“Children in Haiti have for years been vulnerable to poverty, severe weather patterns, violence, malnutrition and poor water infrastructure,” said Marc Vincent, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.
“Hurricane Matthew made a precarious situation even worse and we need the international community to come together to help us address children’s increasing needs.”
UNICEF increased its Haiti appeal from US$13.4 million earlier this year to US$36.6 million. The additional funds will help provide families and children across Haiti with basic health, nutrition, education and protection services including: cholera vaccination for people living in high-risk areas; nutrition services to malnourished children under the age of five and pregnant women; family tracing and reintegration for unaccompanied and separated children; recreational and psychosocial support to children affected by the hurricane; safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene, including for persons displaced by the hurricane; adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services for people living in cholera-affected areas; and school supplies and learning materials for children in areas hit by the hurricane.
Right before the hurricane struck, UNICEF prepositioned water bladders, water treatment units and bottled water in the South and Grand’Anse departments to help families be better prepared.
UNICEF was on the ground 24 hours after the hurricane hit and since then, working with partners, has continuously scaled up its response.