Last week World Vision staff traveled to Saint-Louis in South (Sud) department to distribute hundreds of emergency relief supplies to families impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
South department is one of the hardest hit areas of the country. In addition to the direct damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, there is widespread concern that outbreaks of water- and mosquito-borne diseases, such as cholera and Zika, will be exacerbated by standing floodwaters if cleanup and recovery are not done promptly and effectively. Food security also is a primary concern; as initial assessments show total destruction of much of the country’s croplands. As part of our initial three month emergency relief plan, World Vision distributed 800 kits which included:
• Tarps • Blankets and bedding • Multipurpose Solar Panels • Mosquito Nets • Water purification tablets & filters
John Hasse, National Director of World Vision Haiti, says “So far World Vision has already distributed supplies to approximately 15,000 people –including along the Southwest peninsula, La Gonave, and storm-affected areas of Port-au-Prince. This first phase is about meeting people’s immediate needs – getting them water purification tablets and hygiene kits to prevent waterborne disease, providing food, and getting them tarps and blankets to keep them out of the weather. As we continue to meet these immediate needs, we’re also beginning to plan and think about the medium and long term and how we can help.”
World Vision has been present in Haiti for 38 years working through 19 area development programs in a variety of sectors. World Vision Haiti currently has 400 staff members, 200 of whom have been mobilized to respond to Hurricane Matthew.
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