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Haiti Unrest Situation Report #1



Haiti Unrest Situation Report #1
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Highlights:  

·         Violence broke out in Haiti on February 29th.  Since then, there has been numerous security and humanitarian impacts on the country:

o   Armed gangs in the capital have caused the displacement of thousands.

o   There have been gang attacks, kidnappings, and gender-based violence.

o   Access to basic social services is extremely difficult.

o   There are currently 362,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Haiti.  These IDPs are sheltering in schools, church yards and construction sites.

·         The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) is concerned about the more than 300 aid containers in the main port that are at risk of being looted. 

·         Healthcare and Public Health:

o   The health system remains a major concern, as health organizations have been severely affected by the violence.

o   Healthcare Facilities Status:

ü  Saint François de Sales Hospital has been forced to shut down.

ü  The HUEH which is the largest hospital in the country is under the control of gangs.

ü  The Hôpital Saint Camille (Croix-des-Bouquets) was attacked by assailants that stole their oxygen supply.

ü  The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) emergency center in Turgeau is open, but only for outpatient emergencies.

ü  MSF also opened a new trauma center in Carrefour, however the area is not easily accessible by road.

o   Partners in Health reports that its sister organization (Zanmi Lasante) is facing severe challenges in the transportation of vital supplies, including medications. The price of fuel has also skyrocketed.

o   There are currently blood shortages at the National Blood Transfusion Center:

ü  Additional blood supplies are being transported from the Dominican Republic.

ü  The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) is also working to assist the transfusion center. 

·         Food Security:

o   An estimated 1.4 million people are one step away from famine.

o   The World Food Programme (WFP) has assisted more than 280,000 people since March 1st:

o   A total of 62,000 hot meals have been provided to 14,000 IDPs.  However, the funding to provide these meals will expire in two weeks. 

o   WFPs goal is to reach 2.4 million people in 2024 through emergency assistance (cash and in-kind food rations).  They are also working with the government to provide school meals and to implement longer-term programs to help Haitian produce their own food.

·         The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners have delivered 29,000 gallons of water to three sites between March 9-10.   

·         The current Haitian Prime Minister has announced that he would resign immediately upon the installation of a Transitional Presidential Council.

·         The U.S. State Department is continuing to monitor the situation.  A Level 4 Travel Advisory (Do Not Travel) for Haiti remains in place.

·         On March 11th, U.S. Southern Command conducted an operation to augment the security of the U.S. Embassy at Port-au-Prince.  This mission allowed the embassy’s missions to continue but also evacuated non-essential personnel. 

 

Sources:

·         Following Haiti Prime Minister’s Decision to Resign, Secretary-General Takes Note of Transitional Governance Agreement, Pledges UN Support

·         WFP scrambles to respond to hunger crisis in Haiti amid funding crunch as country teeters on the brink

·         Haiti Emergency Situation Report No. 5 (As of 11 March 2024)

·         OCHA Haiti Twitter Page

·         WFP Haiti Twitter Page

·         IOM Haiti Twitter Page

·         US Southern Command Twitter Page

·         US State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs Twitter Page 

·         Partners in Health Twitter Page

 

           

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