A child is screened for malnutrition using a MUAC band at an Action Against Hunger treatment centre in Haiti.

Haiti

Natural disasters, political insecurity and a lack of food have a huge impact on poor and vulnerable communities.

Political tensions continued and worsened in Haiti in 2019. Corruption, inflation, gang activity and fuel shortages sparked regular mass protests. Blockades, demonstrations and violence were common, forcing the country to a standstill.

Persistent droughts have also had a huge effect on agriculture, with extended dry periods cutting annual food production in half.

Analysis by the IPC (Integrated Food Security Phase Classification) released in October 2019 revealed 3.67 million Haitians were acutely food insecure, putting them at severe risk of hunger. Around the country, chronic malnutrition is estimated at 22.7% of the population.

Country facts

  • 11.1m

    Haiti has a population of more than 11 million people.

  • 169

    Haiti ranks 169th out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index.

  • 21.9%

    More than 20% of Haitian children under five suffer from malnutrition.

Helping to eradicate cholera in Haiti

Since cholera emerged in Haiti after the deadly earthquake in 2010, Action Against Hunger has been heavily involved in helping to eradicate the disease in the Artibonite and Northwest Departments of the country. We distributed hygiene kits to households in high-risk communities and held education sessions to encourage handwashing, improve sanitation and teach people how to treat water at home.

Trazilio, an Action Against Hunger chemist and lab technician, hosts an awareness raising session about cholera.

Trazilio is an Action Against Hunger chemist and lab technician who has helped support the effort to eradicate cholera in Haiti. There have been many challenges, but he’s now full of hope for the future.

“We do not have the same fear, because we are armed with knowledge. I am convinced we can eradicate cholera with the knowledge and tools we have now. When it is all over, it will be a huge accomplishment – a dream becoming real.”

Trazilio, Action Against Hunger Haiti

Our reach

  • 257,385

    We reached more than 250,000 people in Haiti through our programmes in 2019.

  • 20,359

    We reached more than 20,000 people through our nutrition and health projects in 2019.

  • 159

    We have 159 staff based in Artibonite, Grand’anse, Northwest and Southeast regions.

Action Against Hunger’s work in Haiti

In 2019, we provided cash transfers to 5,822 families to reduce food insecurity. We also trained over 200 community health workers to improve nutrition and detect undernutrition. These community health workers, known as “lead mothers”, then went on to train over 19,000 vulnerable people to help fight hunger.

Through our water, sanitation and hygiene projects, our teams rebuilt 95 latrines in 16 schools – benefitting 168 teachers and over 4,000 students. We also rebuilt 18 water points in areas vulnerable to cholera and distributed 39,321 hygiene kits.

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