Haiti launched on Monday a plan to raise $ 253 million from international donors with which to meet the needs of 2.1 million people who are in a situation of extreme vulnerability in several areas of the country.
“The Humanitarian Response Plan that we launched today is proof that the Government and humanitarian agencies are driven by the same deep conviction: that of the effective and efficient application of humanitarian assistance in Haiti,” the Planning Minister said Monday and Foreign Cooperation, Me Jean Roudy Aly.
The official explained that the country has to strengthen the coordination of humanitarian actions to reach the most vulnerable sectors of the population and facilitate the achievement of the objectives of recovery and sustainable development.
The authorities explained that the 2019-2020 Multiannual Plan has been updated for this year due to the significant increase in the number of people in need, which went from 2.6 million in 2019 to 4.6 million in 2020, representing an increase of almost 80%
This figure can be explained by a serious deterioration of the humanitarian situation closely linked to the economic deterioration, as well as by an improvement in the calculation methodology and a greater availability of data, such as the inclusion of approximately 3 million people residing in Port-au-Prince.
“Today, through this plan, humanitarian agents renew their commitment to work to save lives, alleviate suffering and preserve the dignity of the most vulnerable households and strengthen their resilience,” said the resident coordinator and deputy special representative. of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Haiti, Bruno Lemarquis.
Lemarquis called for a strong mobilization in support of the Humanitarian Response Plan to meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable populations, recalling the urgency of working towards coherence between development actions and the humanitarian response in order to reduce vulnerabilities, risks and, therefore, humanitarian needs.
“At the same time, and in a consistent manner, it is essential to renew our commitment to structural development measures to reduce the vulnerabilities and risks faced by populations,” he said.
This plan, which was initially launched at a time when Haiti was going through a serious political, economic and social crisis, has been updated to respond to a significant increase in the number of the most vulnerable people and their needs.
It also aims to strengthen the resilience of communities and national institutions against recurring crises and natural disasters, working together with development agents.
In 2020, the plan’s strategy will focus on the vital needs of vulnerable people, including food, water and shelter, as well as access to basic services, including health and education; protection for survivors of violence against women and children, and the elimination of diseases with epidemic potential.
The plan is being launched jointly with the participation of the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation (MPCE), representatives of the various key ministries involved in humanitarian action, the entire humanitarian community working in Haiti – United Nations agencies, national NGOs and international – as well as donors and representatives of states with diplomatic representation in the country.