UNFPA releases its humanitarian response report after hurricane Matthew hit Haiti

15 November 2016

Port-au-Prince, 13 November 2016 --- One month after hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, UNFPA has released the results of its humanitarian response plan.

This includes the deployment, in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health, of 10 midwives in the Departments of Grand'Anse and Nippes, in order to strengthen the pregnant women and girls´ caretaking.

These midwives run mobile clinics to provide reproductive health services to the affected populations.

The report also refers to the purchase of delivery beds and cradles as well as the deployment of obstetricians in referral hospitals for the Caesarean sections´ management.

In addition, 2,000 "newborn kits" are being procured for the most vulnerable mothers and daughters, as well as more than 2,000 Zika prevention kits for pregnant women.

Other distributions highlighted in the report include several thousand hygiene kits, cooking and food kits for the most vulnerable women and girls, as well as kits for the medical care-taking of gender-based violence More than 2.1 million people, including 1.4 million in humanitarian emergencies, were affected by Hurricane Matthew, with a high concentration in South and Grand'Anse departments.

Since the passage of the Hurricane, UNFPA has been working with the Government and the international community to address the urgent needs of more than 546,000 women and girls of childbearing age.

UNFPA established a 6-month contingency plan, which was funded at only 24%, one month after Hurricane Matthew. ¨Supporting UNFPA's humanitarian initiatives in Haiti is saving the lives of more than 546,000 women / girls and their families in the departments of Grand'Anse, Nippes, South and North-West¨, said the humanitarian report.

During his visit to Haiti in mid-October, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said he was disappointed by the weak mobilization of international donors for Haiti, devastated by Hurricane Matthew.