Hurricane Matthew: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Movement partners seek 28.2 million Swiss francs for aid and recovery in Haiti

Published: 11 November 2016

Geneva, Panama, Port-au-Prince—10 November 2016. Given the magnitude of devastation in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew and the grave impact on affected communities, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is leading on a revised funding appeal of 28.2 million Swiss Francs ($28.6 million) to help the Haiti Red Cross Society scale-up humanitarian and recovery operations. The appeal includes the coordinated interventions of the International Committee of the Red Cross and partner National Societies.

The revised appeal aims to assist 147,500 people across affected communities over the next 18 months. The response will focus on the most pressing needs: health care, first-aid, disease prevention measures, psychosocial support, clean water, sanitation, hygiene promotion, emergency and long-term shelter assistance, reconnecting families, restoring livelihoods and food production.

The powerful hurricane struck Haiti on 04 October, causing massive destruction and extensive flooding and mudslides in the areas of Grand ’Anse, Sud, Nippes, Sud-est, Ouest and Nord Ouest.

“The devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew is immense and the effects will be felt for years,” said Dr. Jean-Pierre Guiteau, President of the Haiti Red Cross Society. “We will need the immediate and long-term support and solidarity of the international community to expand activities and reach all those in need.”

Over the past month, the Haiti Red Cross Society, supported by Red Cross partners, has distributed aid to nearly 44,000 people. Yet thousands more remain in dire need of assistance.

“Our emergency support has focused on helping women, children and men in hard to reach areas so that no-one is left behind,” said Walter Cotte, IFRC Regional Director for the Americas. “In the months ahead, we will continue supporting the Haiti Red Cross Society as it works alongside communities to meet acute needs, while scaling up existing programs that will speed recovery and build resilience.”

Priorities include:

  • Stemming cholera and other diseases through increased access to clean drinking water, improved sanitation, health care services, and health and hygiene promotion, as well as delivering critical supplies like hygiene kits, mosquito nets and water purification tablets.

  • Distributing tools and materials for emergency shelter, house repair and reconstruction and providing training and support on safe construction techniques.

  • Distributing food and cash for families who have lost jobs, helping farmers, fishermen and merchants revive livelihoods or find alternative income-generating activities.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, eight partner National Red Cross Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross are working together with the Haiti Red Cross Society to provide assistance to people whose lives have been shattered by Hurricane Matthew.

Haitian Red Cross volunteers and staff largely come from the areas where they work and are in a unique position to support local communities, provide relief and accompanying them as they overcome the challenges ahead.

Red Cross societies included in the appeal who are supporting the Haiti Red Cross’ response in country are: The American Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, Dominican Republic Red Cross, French Red Cross, German Red Cross, Italian Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross, and Swiss Red Cross.

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