Port-au-Prince, September 25, 2019 –
On August 19, 2016, the Secretary General of the United Nations announced the new United Nations approach to dealing with cholera in Haiti. In his public statement, he expressed his deep regret for the suffering endured by the Haitian people as a result of the cholera epidemic, demonstrating the moral responsibility of the United Nations in supporting the country and its victims to overcome
To address this critical situation, the United Nations approach to cholera in Haiti is twofold, with the following strategic objectives:
to step up immediate efforts to reduce the transmission of cholera and to improve access to care and treatment, as well as to address the medium and long-term problems of water, sanitation and health systems;
to develop a material and financial support system for Haitians most directly affected by cholera. It is a way to show explicitly and concretely that the Organization recognizes the suffering caused to the Haitian people by the cholera epidemic. It is in the second part of this approach that the United Nations is implementing a Community Assistance Project for Cholera Victims. This approach favors the implementation of projects according to priorities established in consultation with the victims, their families and their communities.
A pilot phase was launched in 2017 to provide assistance to the population in the 4 communal sections of the Mirebalais most affected by cholera and downtown through water harvesting, market construction, and other projects identified by communities.
This implementation has provided important lessons and has highlights the need to broaden this strategy. Thus, the United Nations understood the need to finance the project on 4 additional communes in the Nord department (Cap-Haitien, Quartier Morin, Dondon, Limbé). This new approach to community assistance consists of:
Setting up community platforms whose representatives were elected from among the victims of cholera by the community itself, with the support of local authorities and organizations of society
Guarantee a participatory community assessment in the selection of projects chosen by the community through the platforms;
Execute the projects considered as priority by the victims and feasible with regard to the planned budget of 150,000.00 USD for each community ( communal sections and downtown), taking environmental and technical constraints into account;
Designing and implementing sustainability strategies for each of the community projects.