Haiti - Earthquake Fact Sheet #55, Fiscal Year (FY) 2010

Report
from US Agency for International Development
Published on 21 May 2010
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

Note: The last fact sheet was dated May 14, 2010.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

- On May 18, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster lead, announced the creation of a new camp management operation, consisting of 12 teams that plan to liaise with local authorities and community leaders to improve the flow of information between affected populations and humanitarian actors. The teams' mandate is to establish ties with the mayors of the seven municipalities in the greater Port-au-Prince area, officials from the Government of Haiti (GoH) Department of Civil Protection (DPC), and civil society leaders in order to develop a clear understanding of the specific needs and priorities of each municipality and to communicate that information through the humanitarian system to better meet beneficiary needs.

- In response to two diphtheria cases during the past week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and USAID have been working in partnership with U.N. World Health Organization (WHO)-including the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)-the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the GoH Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) to develop a response protocol and communication strategy for diphtheria and other infectious diseases, such as rabies. During the past five years, Haiti experienced between 10 and 260 annual reported diphtheria cases.