Note: The last fact sheet was dated April 15, 2011.
· As of April 15, the Health Cluster—the lead organization for coordination of health activities—reported that although cholera caseloads are increasing in West and Nippes departments, the overall caseload trend continued to decrease or stabilize throughout Haiti. In addition, the number of hospitalizations stabilized at approximately 2,000 per week during the end of March.
· During the week of April 24, USAID/OFDA and USAID/Haiti health staff monitored earthquake- and cholera-related programs in Artibonite Department. During site visits, USAID/OFDA staff reported that grantees continue to provide shelter solutions for earthquake-affected populations. In addition, USAID/OFDA staff noted the positive impact of cholera sensitization programs in raising awareness on better hygiene practices in Artibonite Department.
· In recent days, the USAID/OFDA senior humanitarian advisor (SHA) met with Mr. Nigel Fisher, the U.N. Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General. During the meeting, the SHA and Mr. Fisher discussed current USAID/OFDA programming, as well as plans for current and future U.N. activities in Haiti. Mr. Fisher plans to meet with other donors during the coming weeks to discuss humanitarian coordination in-country.
· Mr. Fisher also reported that the U.N. continues to work on preparations for the 2011 hurricane season. In recent weeks, humanitarian organizations have engaged in preparedness activities and disaster simulation exercises in anticipation of the upcoming season, which begins on June 1. In addition, Mr. Fisher noted adequate commodity supply levels in the cholera logistics pipeline.