Without this COVID-19 Children’s lives on the Caribbean island have been affected by the pandemic, increasing violence, lack of access to nutrition services and clean water, as well as extreme weather conditions including hurricanes.
UNICEF reported disruptions in health services since the global health crisis began last year, as well as a sharp drop in child immunizations linked to parental concerns.
This has left less than one in 10 children in Haiti completely illiterate and about six in 10 inadequately protected.
Of those who are not fully vaccinated, four in 10 live in mostly poor urban settings, characterized by a lack of access to essential services and violence.
Apprehension of hunger and storm season
The latest food insecurity data indicate that one in four Haitian is starving. UNICEF said that about 4.4 million people on the island are estimated to be food insecure today, including 1.9 million children, with access to nutritious food likely to worsen in the coming months in the coming hurricane season.
“Severe malnutrition can and must be treated now to save the lives of children in Haiti,” said Jean Goff, UNICEF’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean. “We cannot look the other way and ignore one of the least-funded humanitarian crises in the region. Without additional, immediate funding in the next few weeks, we will be providing the life-saving treatment against malnutrition. If it is, it will be closed and some children will be in danger of dying.”
A call for support
In 2020, UNICEF, along with the government and partners, treated 33,372 severely malnourished children in Haiti by providing nutritional supplies and medicines. In June this year, the agency hopes to phase out ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to treat acute malnutrition due to insufficient funding.
The agency has requested $3 million to buy essential supplies and medicine and run preventive and treatment programs, warning that without these funds, thousands of Haitian children would no longer receive life-saving aid.
“In a precarious environment like Haiti, the lives of every child we save today may be in danger again tomorrow. Unless we move beyond justice treatment malnutrition prevent Before it strikes, “Gough said.” Increasing family healthcare at the community level will increase confidence in routine immunization and help every household access nutritional services every day. “
For 2021, UNICEF needs $ 48.9 million to meet the humanitarian needs of 1.5 million people in Haiti, which includes more than 700,000 children. To date, the appeal has been almost entirely meager.
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