In recent weeks, USAID/OFDA staff have monitored cholera and earthquake programs in four of Haiti's ten departments. During cholera monitoring trips, partners informed USAID/OFDA staff of an ongoing decrease in cholera caseloads. For example, a clinic operated by grantee International Medical Corps (IMC) in Northwest Department that treated an average of 140 severe cholera cases per week at the height of the outbreak, now treats ten mild to moderate cholera cases per week. In addition, USAID/OFDA staff continue to monitor grantees' progress in providing shelter solutions for earthquake-affected populations.
On March 28, additional USAID/OFDA staff arrived in Haiti to update USAID/OFDA's existing hurricane preparedness plan in advance of hurricane season, which officially begins June 1. USAID/OFDA will work with other U.S. Government (USG) agencies in Haiti, United Nations (U.N.) agencies, non-governmental organization (NGO) partners, and the Government of Haiti (GoH) to finalize the updated plan during the month of April.
On March 22 and March 29, respectively, an 18-person congressional delegation led by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and a nine-person congressional delegation led by U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) visited Haiti to observe conditions more than a year after the earthquake of January 12, 2010. USAID/OFDA staff accompanied the delegations to the Pétion-Ville camp in Port-au-Prince's Delmas 48 neighborhood, where USAID/OFDA grantee IMC operates a clinic. Congressman Chaffetz's delegation also traveled to Nazon neighborhood in Port-au-Prince to observe the activities funded by USAID/OFDA and USAID/Haiti including the demolition of an unsafe building, a rubble removal site, and repairs to damaged houses to make them safe for habitation.