Haiti - Cholera and Earthquake Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2011


KEY developments

- In recent days, USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) program staff have conducted a series of meetings with U.N. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), Protection, and Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster staff to discuss transition strategies as relief agencies phase down earthquake and cholera response programming. USAID/OFDA staff report that the clusters are actively developing strategies to transition relief agency services to Haiti's public and private sectors where possible.

- On March 15, a USAID/OFDA field officer visiting grantees in Port-de-Paix, Northwest Department, reported that while field offices do not expect treatment disruptions following elections scheduled for March 20, relief agencies have taken measures to ensure uninterrupted treatment of cholera patients. Grantees have contingency stocks of cholera treatment supplies and are maintaining full tanks of gas to facilitate necessary staff movement.

- Between March 9 and 11, USAID hosted Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean Mark Feierstein in Haiti for briefings on the progress of USAID's cholera response and earthquake recovery and reconstruction activities to date. USAID/OFDA jointly presented an overview of the cholera response and transition plans with USAID/Haiti and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, USAID/OFDA, USAID/Haiti, and USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI) discussed intra-USAID cooperation on shelter interventions, such as rubble removal activities, in earthquake-affected areas.

- On March 10, USAID/OFDA participated in a briefing for Lieutenant General P. K. Keen, Military Deputy Commander of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and presented an overview of USAID/OFDA's current planning and preparation for the upcoming hurricane season. Lieutenant General Keen traveled to Haiti to inaugurate the new Port-au-Prince Emergency Operations Center, established with joint funding from USAID and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).