Save the Children Deploys Emergency Response Team to Provide Critical Aid to Hurricane Matthew Survivors
Photo credit: Bahare Khodabande
Save the Children’s humanitarian staff in Haiti are moving quickly to alleviate the most urgent needs of children and families overwhelmed by Hurricane Matthew. The Category 4 storm was the most powerful hurricane to strike Haiti in over 50 years.
Our Response in Haiti
In Haiti, an estimated 25 percent of the country has been affected by Hurricane Matthew. Some 300 to 800 people have been killed, and 29,000 homes, schools and other structures were damaged or destroyed. The health, education and protection needs are massive, with an estimated 750,000 people requiring urgent assistance. We are especially concerned for vulnerable children, including some 2,000 little ones separated from their families, children at risk of deadly cholera, and up to 130,000 children out of school.
Save the Children's work in Haiti spans more than 40 years. To date in this crisis, we have deployed emergency responders, as well as our Emergency Health Unit, staffed by doctors and health experts from around the world. We are focused on delivering food, hygiene kits and other urgently needed supplies, suppressing any cholera outbreak, protecting vulnerable children, and continued needs assessment to meet immediate needs, restore education and more. This past week, we deployed an Emergency Response Team and our Emergency Health Unit, staffed by doctors and health experts from around the world focusing on:
- Cholera prevention and basic health services.
- Setting up "child-friendly spaces" to provide children unable to go to school with a safe and protected space supported by trained staff, while their parents deal with the aftermath of the storm.
- Stockpiling non-food items including hygiene kits, baby items, household kits, mosquito nets and jerry cans, which will be used in coming days.
It is never easy to witness the devastation caused by a deadly storm like Matthew, but with your help, we will be there for girls and boys when they need us most.
Donate to our Hurricane Matthew Children's Relief Fund.
Of all the nations in the Western Hemisphere, none has faced greater challenges to improve the lives of its children than Haiti. In addition to its poor development indicators, Haiti is the country most affected by HIV/AIDS outside of sub-Saharan Africa. HIV/AIDS in Haiti dramatically affects the well-being of children whose health is already compromised by poverty and inadequate access to basic health care. We advocate for state recognition and more resources for the country's growing network of community-run schools. In partnership with the Ministry of Health, Save the Children provides quality primary health care to mothers and young children in the Artibonite and Central provinces.
More than 10 Million
people live there
Girls only stay in school an average of 7 years
72 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday
A parent earns an average
of just $2 a day
January 12, 2015 marks 5 years since a catastrophic earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.3, struck Haiti. The biggest earthquake the region had recorded in 200 years, left more than 1.6 million people homeless, and resulted in an immense humanitarian crisis. Shattering Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, and neighboring cities, more than 230,000 were killed and nearly 400,000 homes and 5,000 schools destroyed or damaged.
Read Our 5 Year Report
Save the Children has served the needs of some of Haiti's poorest children and families since 1978. Still reeling from the devastating earthquake of January 2010, Haiti is a dangerous place for children. With 500,000 children living in camps and many others living in slums, all lacking the protection of social and police services, children are under continued threat of exploitation and abuse.
Our Work in
Last Year, Save the Children...
children from harm
children in times of crisis
provided 9,626 children
with a healthy start in life
gave 158 children
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Since 1985, Save the Children in Haiti has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Haiti continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.
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Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report.
You can access detailed data here.
Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2015; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2015; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2015