Health sector most affected
The health sector is probably the most affected with hospitals facing significant challenges to operate. The shortage of fuel and the inability to replenish medical supplies are the main concerns. The World Health Organization has said it will continue to support Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) to the extent possible. Health-related programmes have been partially interrupted, but will likely be completely disrupted if the situation continues. Following the explosion of gas tanks in Les Cayes on 29 September, UNICEF supported the Les Cayes Health Directorate to evacuate the most seriously injured to Port-Au-Prince. However, roadblocks delayed the convoy, and regrettably a boy burned by the explosion died while in transit. Roadblocks also hamper medical staff’s ability to report to work and affect people’s access to medical facilities.
In the departments of Nord-Ouest, Nord, Nippes, Nippes, Sud-Est and Ouest, maternal health activities are practically at a standstill (80 per cent). Institutions are operating at a slower pace. No mobile clinics are operational in the North-West and South-East departments affecting around 500 beneficiaries.