Media Advisory: OCHA Director of Coordination and Response Division John Ging to visit Haiti

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Port-au-Prince, 11 February 2016. - Mr John Ging, Director of Coordination and Response Division of OCHA is expected to visit Haiti from 11 to 13 February to see first-hand the impact of the crises in the country, the priority humanitarian needs, ongoing response and gaps as well as help raise the humanitarian profile of the situation of Haiti.

The humanitarian situation in Haiti has deteriorated considerably in 2015 due to the convergence of multiple humanitarian risk factors. These include an increase in food insecurity and malnutrition resulting from drought and the prolonged effects of “El Nino”, the persistence of the cholera epidemic, and a protection crisis triggered by the forced or voluntary return of tens thousands of Haitians from the Dominican Republic, as well as the remaining displaced people from the 2010 earthquake. Also Haiti remains highly vulnerable to the climate hazards and natural disasters.

The visit of OCHA Director of operations aims to provide operational support to the humanitarian leadership and the wider humanitarian community. In Anse-a Pitres, Mr Ging will have an opportunity to witness the deteriorating living conditions of both returnees and deported Haitians living in Parc Cadeau sites as well as those of the host communities. He will assess vulnerabilities and the immediate humanitarian and protection needs, ongoing response and the possible gaps. This will allow him to appropriate advocate for an increased and coordinated response to the population in need.

During the visit, Mr Ging will meet senior and local Haitian officials, vulnerable population including women, community leaders as well as the humanitarian community working on both sides of the border between the two countries.

For further details, please contact Rachelle Elien: 3702-5177, elien@un.org or Widlyn Dornevil: 37025182, dornevil@un.org.

For more information, Please contact:
Widlyn Dornevil, Public Infomation Officer, dornevil@un.org, (509) 3702 5182
Rachelle Elien, Public Information Officer, elien@un.org, (509) 3702 5177

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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