Update on Haiti’s Children
Moving Beyond Recovery in Haiti
Keeping Children Alive, Safe and Learning
In 2010 and 2011, Haiti was struck by two disasters—first the devastating earthquake, then a terrifying nationwide cholera epidemic. UNICEF, Haiti's long-term development partner for decades, scaled up its interventions to meet the critical needs of Haiti’s children in health, water and sanitation, education, and protection during these twin crises.
The Promise of a Brighter Future for Children in Haiti
Today, for many children in Haiti, the situation is actually better than it was before the disasters. UNICEF has:
- helped more children go to school than ever before, distributing school kits for 750,000 children in 2012 alone.
- vaccinated more than 3,000,000 children, including children who had never before been immunized.
- provided nutrition and breastfeeding counseling to hundreds of thousands of mothers.
- helped reduce the proportion of underweight children in Haiti from 18% in 2005 to 11.4% in 2012.
- facilitated the integration of a cholera prevention curriculum into the nation's schools.
As Haiti moves beyond recovery, the prospect of real, historic change for the country's children is on the horizon.
Momentum for Lasting Change
Still, there is much more work to do to protect the vulnerable and impoverished children of Haiti. As the global spotlight fades, maintaining momentum for lasting change is critical. Haiti's infrastructure remains damaged and fragile. Over 300,000 Haitians still dwell in temporary displacement camps. The challenges are many, but UNICEF remains committed to building on the resilience demonstrated by Haiti's families and helping bring a brighter future to Haiti's children.
Haiti Recovery Stories
May 1, 2013
In Haiti, 22 percent of children aged 6 to 59 months experience chronic malnutrition, with the highest rates in the poorest areas. One way UNICEF is tackling this health challenge is through nutritional interventions, like community meetings to inform families on what foods they can plant in their gardens and eat to help balance their diets. An important part of this initiative is the distribution of a multiple micronutrient powder. Using this powder can increase children’s chances of survival, especially during the first two years of life.
March 26, 2013
World number one golfer and UNICEF Ambassador Rory McIlroy today announced that he will visit Haiti April 1-2 to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work in the country. While in Haiti, the current US PGA golf champion will visit schools and communities that are benefiting from UNICEF-supported projects to improve child health and education through the provision of clean water and improved hygiene. McIlroy’s first visit to Haiti with UNICEF was in 2011. Haiti was devastated by the 2010 earthquake and the people of Haiti have suffered a great deal.
January 10, 2013
Nearly three years after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, the educational, health, and nutritional status of children has improved substantially, according to the results of a new national survey. “Results of the survey show that the efforts of UNICEF and its partners in Haiti in these three years contributed to progress in many sectors and mitigated the impact on children of the 2010 earthquake, the cholera outbreak and other disasters,” said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.