WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2010 — In
response to the first cholera outbreak in Haiti in decades, the World
Bank is preparing a US$10 million Cholera Emergency Grant. The program
is part of World Bank US$479 million reconstruction support. The
outbreak has already caused over 1,200 deaths and could kill up to
10,000 people in the coming six to 12 months if the outbreak is not
contained, according to figures from the Pan American Health
“Haiti needs all the help it can get to respond to the deadly cholera epidemic which is ravaging parts of the country,” Ronald Baudin, Haiti’s Minister of Finance. “The support of the World Bank will be key for saving lives and re-establishing the public health service network." said
US$10 million grant will bolster the surveillance and monitoring
capacity of the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) and the
Haitian National Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation (DINEPA).
The initiative is aligned with the Cholera Inter-Sector Response
Strategic Plan for Haiti, under the leadership of MSPP and DINEPA.
The grant will also finance the work of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to improve access to clean water, provide basic health services for affected populations and vulnerable groups, as well as safe sanitation and waste management in high risk areas.
of the National Response Strategy to the cholera outbreak requires
close donor and partner coordination, including all organizations
currently operating on the ground,” said Alexandre Abrantes, the World Bank Special Envoy to Haiti. “The
new grant will be used to contract experienced NGOs for immediate
cholera response activities and strengthen the capacity of the
Government to respond to epidemics.”
activities will complement significant hygiene awareness and prevention
efforts already underway, such as the creation of a “Public Health Brigade” to carry out cholera treatment and prevention work throughout the country.
Through a Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery grant of US$200,000, the World Bank is identifying national and international actors already involved in these tasks, preparing a standardized training plan and training a core group of 250 trainers. It will also finance an awareness and prevention campaign.
Bank has also provided assistance to the Directorate of Civil
Protection since the beginning of the cholera outbreak to coordinate
the response of the Government and its partners. This assistance has
supported the setup and manning of the National Emergency Operation
Center and management of the national campaign "Konbit kont Kolera,"
which raises awareness on cholera and its prevention.
to Haitian official figures, the number of people hospitalized has
reached more than 22,512 and the number of deaths has risen to more
than 1,200. Haiti’s humanitarian situation was already precarious due
to the January 12, 2010 earthquake that struck the country and left 1.5
million people homeless and living in camps throughout Port-au-Prince
and other cities.
the aftermath of the January earthquake, the World Bank is providing
US$479 million in reconstruction support. Of those, US$320 million have
been already provided for various government-led projects, US$39
million were used to cancel Haiti's Bank debt and US$49 million from
the Bank's private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation,
were used to support Haiti's private development.
Bank's response following the earthquake has focused on improving the
lot of those affected while contributing to build the foundations for a
long-term recovery. Emergency projects have included: rebuilding state
capacity, clearing the city's drainage canals to avoid flooding,
feeding school children, providing solar energy to displaced Haitians,
assessing housing damage and rebuilding crucial roads and bridges for
the delivery of aid.
The new World Bank grant of US$10 million is being prepared with the Government of Haiti and United Nations agencies and is expected to be formally submitted to the Board of Directors of the World Bank for approval in December 2010. Provisions under World Bank emergency operation procedures allow for up to 40 percent of the grant, once approved, to be used to reimburse eligible expenditures already incurred as part of the emergency response.
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