Since August 2021, Humanity & Inclusion has been responding to support the communities affected by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Haiti through rehabilitation and mental health services, logistics and clearance activities, hygiene supply distribution and inclusive humanitarian action.
Rehabilitation and Mental Health Services
Since August, 459 people have participated in Humanity & Inclusions emergency physical rehabilitation and mental health support services. Humanity & Inclusion physical therapists have provided over 1,800 rehabilitation sessions, and psychologists have provided 63 therapy sessions to support individuals affected by the emergency. These activities will soon be expanded to include the Aquin region.
In November, Humanity & Inclusion specialists also participated in mobile clinics organized by local partner FONTEN, which operates the only rehabilitation center in Les Cayes. The mobile clinics target remote communities and individuals who lack access to health services. A total of 740 people were provided information, screening and referrals to appropriate health services through these mobile clinics.
To strengthen the collective response and reinforce professional capacity, Humanity & Inclusion has provided support to local partners and other humanitarian organizations, including donation of assistive devices, human resource support and training sessions for specialists.
Training sessions about using assistive devices, providing early rehabilitation services, identification of disabilities, amputation and tele-rehabilitation were conducted with rehabilitation staff and specialists from FONTEN, Doctors Without Borders, and the Red Cross. Further training sessions for psychologists and community mobilizers focused on individual counseling, leading group discussions and psychological first aid are planned.
Logistics and Clearance Activities
Landslides and damage from the earthquake blocked key access points, preventing humanitarian aid from reaching affected areas. Through operations in Les Anglais and Chardonnieres, Humanity & Inclusion cleared over 310,000 cubic feet of soil to re-open blocked roads and provide access to communities. This effort provided jobs to 342 community members, who received daily wages for their clearance labor.
With its maritime transport project, designed to delivery humanitarian goods by boat to isolated populations, Humanity & Inclusion helped deliver more than 1,100 tons of materials for 20 different partners. Shipments include food, water, medical supplies, basic needs and assistive devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and crutches.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
After the earthquake, infrastructure and nearly 140,000 homes were destroyed, leaving hundreds of thousands without shelter, electricity, or clean water. Basic hygiene items such as soap, toilet paper, toothpaste and menstrual pads became increasingly expensive and difficult to access. Humanity & Inclusion has distributed 1,425 hygiene kits.
Hygiene promotion sessions are also conducted during the distributions, in which participants learn how to properly use the items in the kit to reduce the risk of water-borne disease transmission in earthquake-affected communities. Around 1,000 additional buckets of supplies will be donated to the United National Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), FONTEN and local hospitals.
Safeguarding and Inclusive Humanitarian Action
As part of its emergency response, Humanity & Inclusion advocates for disability inclusion in each action. The organization serves as co-lead of the disability sub-sector for the coordinated humanitarian response among other organizations to ensure that their initiatives are accessible and account for the needs of persons with disabilities. Humanity & Inclusion representatives are reviewing and providing inclusive feedback on the recent 9-month response plan proposed by OCHA through the Inter-sector coordination cell in Les Cayes. This plan will contribute to the design of the 2022 Humanitarian Needs Overview and the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan in Haiti.
Humanity & Inclusion is also taking intentional steps to ensure the protection of community members participated in its response. At this time, Humanity & Inclusion has conducted a risk analysis and staff training on safeguarding policies and practices.
Many of these disaster response efforts are supported by USAID.