(Written by Rocío Pozzi-Feinberg School of Medicine)
- The search and rescue phase was declared over by the Government of Haiti (GoH), and 132 live rescues were made, but there is an estimate 111,000 deaths
- An approximate 609,00 people are without shelter in Port-au-Prince while > 1 million people are arriving in rural areas, taxing already vulnerable communities.
- Priorities remain medical supplies, water and sanitation, tents, blankets, food and fuel and transport equipment, and there have bee no outbreaks of disease
- Cash-for-work and cash-for-food programs with a dual recovery and economic stimulus purpose are being considered by international aid agencies.
- UNICEF is assisting in caring for children without parents or guardians, unaccompanied minors, particularly around boarder crossing.
- Emergency relief distributions are continuing on a daily basis, including food, water purification tablets, medical supplies and shelter material.
- Security situation is calm but potential for unrest continues as gangs may be reconstituting.
- The MoH (ministry of health) is increasingly taking a leadership role in shaping interventions.
- An early warning system for communicable diseases is being set up.
- Immunization programs outside of Port-au-Prince are to be rolled out once they become logistically feasible and situation stabilizes because the pre-existing system in Haiti is not operational. Tetanus is the disease of most concern.
- Caring for the needs of people living with HIV can be compromised during an emergency and half of those living w/ HIV (65,000) are likely to have disrupted access to ARVs
WATSAN (Water and Sanitation)
- National Water Authority (DINEPA) and Wash Cluster are working on meeting water needs of affected population.
- Due to the significant activities of field hospital and medical sites, collection and safe disposal of waste from hospitals and public latrines is being led by Haitian authorities with PAHO/WHO.
- Recovery: Programs that support affected people to earn cash to provide a means for recovery are in process. These are Cash-for-work and cash-for-food programs.
- Nutrition: Infant and young children are at risk for malnutrition and undernutrition, especially those < 5 years of age. These children can be at significant risk for communicable disease particularly diarrhea.
Report compiled from reports from OCHA and WHO. Background information on today’s situational report may be found at: