The Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) will support with 500,000 dollars (USD) the emergency plan proposed by the National Directorate of Drinking Water and Sanitation of Haiti (DINEPA) in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the sector.
Port-au-Prince, May 26, 2020
This support is part of the Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation (FCAS) that AECID has funded in the country since 2009. The USD 500,000 is already available to DINEPA and it is expected that these activities will be implemented over the next three months and that they will have a scope national. This aid should focus on three main blocks:
- Ensuring the continuity and quality of water services: small renovations, installation of chlorine, etc.
- Supporting operators in the water and sanitation
- Awareness and communication.
In addition to the obvious relationship between the need to wash your hands to deal with COVID-19 and the water and sanitation sector, other indirect COVID problems -19 can have a very significant impact on the capacity of the State to provide services and therefore guarantee the human right to water and sanitation. The economic impact of COVID-19 may cause many families to be unable to pay for services, prioritizing other expenses, and this will therefore have an impact on the funds available to operate the systems, which medium and long term may compromise the sustainability of the systems.
The support of Spanish cooperation to DINEPA in this response to COVID-19 starts from the DINEPA Contingency Plan and coordination with the rest of the technical partners and economic (World Bank, IDB, Unicef, USAID, etc.) who also support DINEPA in Haiti. This improves aid effectiveness both economically and technically and operationally.
Finally, it should also be mentioned that the FCAS plans to support DINEPA staff with nearly 5,000 USD for the purchase of disinfectant masks and gels.
120 million euros in Haiti
Haiti is the country that has benefited the most from the Cooperation Fund for Water. The lack of clean water and sanitation in Haiti is responsible for a large number of diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid and cholera.
Since December 2007, Spain has committed 120 million euros to water and sanitation projects in priority areas and giving priority to the most vulnerable neighborhoods, which makes it the biggest beneficiary of Fund subsidies.
To improve the quality and extend the coverage of water, Haiti has undertaken a major reform in the water and sanitation sector in which AECID, through the Water Fund, plays a key role. The main objective of the reform, which will make it possible to regulate and order these services, is to involve the population at all levels and to strengthen the institutions responsible for water management.