Via ReliefWeb, a belated report from OCHA: Haiti Humanitarian Bulletin - Issue 61, May 2016. Click or tap through to download the PDF. The summary, and then a comment:
• Important cholera outbreaks registered all over the country. About 10 towns in red alert.
• With the start of the hurricane season, sporadic floods were registered in some regions of the country following the rains of May that affected hundreds of families.
• The NGO community calls for a new collaboration approach between humanitarian and development actors to improve the response to multiple crises that affect the vulnerable populations.
• The most vulnerable families have difficulties to access food due to the strong increase in the prices of basic items.
Number of IDPs in camps Source: DTM, January 2016 62,600
Cumulative cholera cases (1st Jan. to 30 April 2016) Source: MSPP 16,822
Fatality cases (1st Jan. to 28 May 2016) Source: MSPP 168
Number of people in severe food insecurity Source: CNSA 1.5M
Number of children suffering from Global Acute Malnutrition Source: UNICEF 131,405
Cholera continues to make victims: approximately 10 towns on red alert
Significant outbreaks recorded, particularly in the West department
Health officials have observed in the last months a resurgence of cholera cases in several towns, especially in Center, North, West and South departments. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in the alert situation report from May 22 to 28 affirms that more than 300 alerts were recorded. The document indicates that about a dozen towns are on red alert. The situation is most critical in the West department, including Port-au-Prince (70 cases), Tabarre (66 cases), Carrefour (38 cases), and Centre department particularly Hinche (67 cases) and Mirebalais (39 cases).
Since the beginning of the year (January 1st to May 28), the Health Ministry has already registered 16,822 cases of cholera and 168 deaths. Humanitarian actors consider untreated water consumption and poor hygiene practices as major causes of disease transmission.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), 42% of Haiti's population still does not have access to drinking water and 7.6 million Haitians lack sanitation installation to avoid water-borne diseases.
Bear in mind that those 62,000 internally displaced persons have been displaced for over six years. The cholera cases, on an annualized basis, are worse than they were in 2013 (58,809 cases; 593 fatalities).