January 24, 2023
Today, USAID Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman announced the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $56.5 million for the people of Haiti in response to the country’s humanitarian crisis and cholera epidemic. Haiti’s alarming levels of gang violence, including attacks on civilians, have prevented people from accessing critical food, fuel, safe drinking water, and other basic supplies.
This funding will help partners meet urgent humanitarian needs of more than 868,800 people across Haiti by distributing medical supplies and medicines, improving access to safe water, and bolstering health facility operations, including cholera treatment centers – critical to slowing the spread of the dangerous disease. The new assistance will also provide urgent food assistance, as 4.7 million people face a severe food crisis, and will support gender-based violence prevention and response services for the most vulnerable. Since USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team to Haiti in mid-October, it has supported the provision of life-saving food assistance to 144,500 people and transported more than 300 metric tons of health and hygiene supplies into the country for partners combating cholera.
The United States continues to stand with the people of Haiti during this challenging time. Since 2021, USAID has provided more than $228 million in life-saving humanitarian assistance and earthquake recovery, risk reduction, and resilience programming. USAID also continues to explore how we can partner and work with local partners in Haiti to focus on advancing responsive and accountable governance while promoting a prosperous and engaged citizenry, as envisioned under the 10-year U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability. USAID will continue working in partnership with Haitians to save lives and alleviate suffering caused by the humanitarian crisis and cholera epidemic.