The aim of this project is to increase resistance to disease and injury in four communal section of the South East department by increasing beneficiaries’ capacities to improve health practices and seek solutions to public health problems. This project is a part of the on-going response to the 2010 earthquake. On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. The earthquake affected millions, further compromising the country’s already weak water, sanitation, and health systems. Only 45% of Haiti’s urban population has access to improved sanitation, 25% for people in rural areas, creating pressing public health risks, particularly among infants, children under five, and mothers. This project takes place in the communes of Cayes-Jacmel, La Vallee, and Marigot within the South East department. Specifically, the communal sections of Gaillard, Macary, Musac, and Ternier will be the targeted sections for latrine building.
These problems will be met through a community-based health and first aid approach, primarily through building 5,000 latrines to encourage improved health and hygiene practices. Additionally, selected natural waters sources will undergo infrastructure improvements and Red Cross staff will be trained in participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation to better assist communities in WASH.
The programme targets households, numbering almost 11,000, in Musac, Ternier, Gaillard, and Macary.