Latest news from Haiti:
(This UN agency, the OCHD (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is giving regular situation reports (sitreps) on the status of it’s various “clusters” (like the health cluster, food cluster, etc.) which are central coordination centers to share information between all the various NGO’s and International Aid agencies in the country, and the Haitian government. While I was in Haiti I tried to attend the daily Health Cluster meetings at the UN tent at the airport. The 12 clusters are: Camp Coordination and Camp Management (IOM); Education (UNICEF); Emergency Shelter and
Non-Food Items (IOM); Food (WFP); Logistics (WFP); Nutrition (UNICEF); Protection (OHCHR with UNICEF for Child
Protection and UNFPA for GBV); WASH (UNICEF); Agriculture (FAO); Early Recovery (UNDP); Emergency
Telecommunications (WFP); Health (WHO/PAHO). Six clusters have been established in the Dominican Republic:
Logistics/Telecommunications (WFP), Health (WHO), Emergency Shelter (IOM), WASH (UNICEF), Nutrition (UNICEF)
and Protection (OHCHR). )
Situation Report #17
3 February 2010
This report was issued by OCHA New York. The next report will be issued on or around 5 February 2010.
I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
! The distribution of shelter material and the establishment of planned settlements remain among the
main priorities for assistance.
! Sanitation is becoming a major concern at many of the temporary sites.
! The WFP food surge continues. Some 1 million people have been reached since the onset of the
emergency; 338,000 people have received two-week rations of rice over the past 3 days.
! The Health Cluster has recorded over 1,000 amputations in Port-au-Prince. More physical
therapists are needed to provide post-operative care.
! The Flash Appeal is 87 percent funded; a revised appeal will be launched in mid to late February.
Reports from medical teams on the ground continue to show a decline in the number of trauma injuries
requiring treatment. There are reports of more children with diarrheal disease, particularly in resettlement
areas. The cluster will begin to focus its activities on the assessment of primary care facilities, mobile health
facilities and the conditions of migrating populations and those living in poor sanitary environments. It will also
monitor morbidity rates to track whether the health situation is improving.
The CDC is working with PAHO/WHO to prepare a consolidated list of organizations that are providing
services through mobile health facilities which will continue to be a priority in the coming months with the
arrival of the hurricane and rainy season.
Pests/insects, especially flies and mosquitoes, in health care settings (including operating rooms) are
becoming a problem. Cluster partners are discussing a strategy for vector-borne disease control. An advisory
note is being drafted for partners in WASH, shelter and other clusters and copies of the national protocols for
the diagnosis and treatment of malaria, dengue and filariasis will be circulated.
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