In Haiti, the association runs projects focused on rehabilitation care, mental health and psychosocial support and the prevention of emerging infectious diseases.
Villereson, 14 years old, had his left foot and right arm broken during the 2021 earthquake. Accompanied by his mother, here he participated in his 12th therapy session. | © G. H. Rouzier / HI
Actions in process
In the west, southeast and north of the country, HI is helping to develop the rehabilitation sector through training and skills transfer. The programme is working to promote the global recognition of rehabilitation professionals and to strengthen care provision in the country.
As a continuation to the emergency response to the August 2021 earthquake, HI’s teams are providing rehabilitation care and support to a number of health centres in the Grand Sud. They are also providing mental health support and individual and community psychosocial support through awareness-raising actions to help people deal with the trauma of the earthquake.
To strengthen disaster preparedness and protection, HI is raising the awareness and training authorities and partner organisations to take the most vulnerable populations into account in their interventions, including elderly people and people with disabilities. Vulnerability assessments and simulation exercises are carried out and used to develop adapted action plans.
The programme is also developing a logistics platform for the transport of humanitarian goods and merchandise by sailboat. This pick-up and storage service is made available to other humanitarian organisations in order to ensure the safe delivery of essential goods along the entire Haitian coast, avoiding blocked roads. HI’s teams are also training Haitian maritime transporters in navigation techniques and safety at sea.
Situation of the country
Haiti has been suffering a political, economic, social and security crisis for several decades - a crisis that has worsened considerably since 2018.
Due to its geographical location, Haiti is very vulnerable to natural hazards and has been hit by numerous hurricanes, floods and earthquakes in recent years. These disasters have catastrophic consequences for the population. The recent earthquake on 14 August 2021 left almost 650,000 people in need of emergency humanitarian assistance.
Since 2021, a resurgence of rivalries and shifting alliances between local gangs has led to the displacement of some 19,000 people to the capital, Port-au-Prince. Violence and growing insecurity against an already fragile socio-political backdrop have further deteriorated the country's economic situation.
In rural areas, essential services (schools, health centres, etc.) are scarce, adding to the population’s vulnerability. In this context of widespread poverty, the situation of people with disabilities is particularly alarming and their needs often go unmet.
Number of HI staff members: 45
Date programme opened: 2008