|CARICOM cholera response project underway in Haiti|
|Friday, 06 January 2012 13:31|
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has stepped up its rebuilding efforts in Haiti and is moving to improve sanitation infrastructure and to sensitize residents of a Cité Soleil in the practice of safe personal and community hygiene. The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project is being undertaken in support of Haiti's national strategy to combat the cholera outbreak.
The objective of the project is to provide 25 toilet blocks and hand-washing stations for approximately 15,000 residents or 3000 families in the neighborhood of Brooklyn, a section of Cité Soleil in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. Additionally, an effective strategy for promoting proper hygiene practices is being developed as part of the cholera response activities. CARICOM is also providing medical supplies as part of its assistance to the government of Haiti in combating the cholera epidemic.
The WASH project is a response to the request by the government of Haiti for CARICOM's assistance in the area of sanitation and hygiene, as part of the national strategy to combat the cholera epidemic. The area of Cité Soleil was recommended by the designated National Water and Sanitation Agency (DINEPA) for assistance. The project is being carried out with funding support from the Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID) and in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the implementing agency.
The WASH project is part of CARICOM's continuing efforts to assist Haiti's recovery efforts since the 2010 earthquake and the cholera outbreak. The Community's continued assistance includes advocacy on behalf of Haiti, in particular through the offices of CARICOM Special Representative, P. J. Patterson, with regard to the reconstruction of Haiti, and also by CARICOM heads of government and foreign ministers.
|Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2012 15:02|