UN Agencies Launch Haiti Strategies Ahead of Donor Conference

As the March 31 donor conference for Haiti draws near, two United Nations agencies bared the strategies they’ve drawn to support the country’s rehabilitation.

The World Food Program announced in a statement that it will launch cash-and-food-for-work projects in cooperation with several development partners and the Haitian government. Its strategy also includes procuring food aid locally, pre-positioning food and non-food items in preparation for the hurricane season, and organizing feeding programs for school children, pregnant and nursing women, and undernourished children. These programs will be launched over the next few weeks as WFP transitions from emergency response to longer-term humanitarian operations.

Meanwhile, the International Organization for Migration plans to train earthquake survivors living in resettlement camps to report water, sanitation and other crucial health issues they are experiencing. The agency’s health and sanitation teams, which are funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, will also conduct vector control to minimize the occurrence of dengue, malaria and similar mosquito-borne diseases. Flooding and other environment hazards will also be assessed. IOM’s strategy also includes interactive and innovative hygiene education exercises that aim to promote a healthier lifestyle among earthquake survivors.

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