Food security improves substantially in hurricane-affected areas, WFP reports
USAID/OFDA partners assist more than 15,000 displaced people to return home
USAID/OFDA provides additional $2.5 million for hurricane-affected families
Number of suspected cholera cases continues to decline
The number of food-insecure people in Haiti’s hurricane-affected areas has decreased from approximately 1 million people as of late October to an estimated 400,000 people as of late December, according to the UN World Food Program (WFP)-led Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) conducted from December 2–20. The EFSA also found a significant decline in the proportion of households adopting negative coping strategies due to food insecurity, with a 74 percent decrease in Sud Department, a 58 percent decrease in Grand’Anse Department, and a 54 percent decrease in Nippes Department.
With support from USAID/FFP and other donors, WFP provided in-kind food distributions to more than 921,400 people in Grand’Anse, Nippes, and Sud as of January 26. The total represents more than 100 percent of beneficiaries targeted for firstround in-kind food distributions and more than 50 percent of beneficiaries targeted for second-round distributions, which remain ongoing.
USAID/FFP is supporting a CARE-led non-governmental organization (NGO) consortium to provide cash-based food assistance to hurricane-affected households in Grand’Anse and Sud. The consortium provided unconditional cash transfers reaching approximately 80 percent of targeted beneficiaries’ monthly food needs to nearly 20,700 hurricane-affected households in Grand’Anse and Sud as of January 27.
USAID/OFDA recently contributed nearly $2.5 million to NGO partners and the PanAmerican Health Organization (PAHO) to provide additional health, nutrition, protection, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) assistance to hurricane-affected families in Grand’Anse, Nippes, and Sud. The new funding brings total U.S. Government (USG) support for Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in Haiti to more than $86.8 million.