OCHA led the humanitarian response to Haiti’s devastating earthquake in January 2010, which killed 217,300 people and affected 2.1 million Haitians. Tens months later, with the country still struggling to recover from the earthquake, a cholera outbreak added to Haiti’s woes.
While much progress has been made in helping the country recover, the requirement for strong humanitarian coordination is expected to continue in 2012. OCHA will focus on supporting the Government to identify and implement durable housing solutions and accelerate recovery efforts. It will address security concerns for vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, women and children, and strengthen access to basic services, such as water and sanitation. OCHA will support national authorities to lead a comprehensive response to the cholera epidemic, and work to strengthen national disaster preparedness and contingency planning.