ActionAid has been working in Haiti since 1996, working with communities and local partners to run emergency and long-term programmes, we are uniquely placed to respond.
Yolette Etienne, who is leading our emergency response team in Haiti, says:
“ActionAid is deeply concerned about the risk of cholera, with several deaths reported already. Cholera and other water-borne diseases are a deadly threat and could spread rapidly through cramped shelters.
“It is a race against time to supply communities with food, water and potentially life-saving hygiene kits to guard against the spread of disease. ActionAid is working to distribute cholera kits containing soap, chlorine tablets and hygiene kits to the worst affected areas.
“We are particularly concerned for women and girls, who are especially vulnerable in the wake of a disaster like Hurricane Matthew. Women and girls may face an increased risk of violence. Emergency shelters do not provide the basic security needed, such as lights, which ActionAid believes women need to keep them safe from violence. ActionAid is working with local communities to address the particular needs of women and girls.”