Strengthening access to child health care through immunization

Mardochée with her son being vaccinated

Vaccination remains vital for the health of infants, young children and mothers. UNICEF, with support from donors, in support of the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP), supports immunization activities across the country. Thanks to a donation from Japan, UNICEF is strengthening routine immunization activities in public hospitals and health centers to keep children healthy.

Croix-des-Bouquets, October 1, 2018 – This is the usual affluence in the health center of Croix-des-Bouquets. Dozens of women with their children wait patiently for their turn in the service that concerns them. It is still early, but doctors and nurses are already at their posts in the services. Things are starting to come alive.

Some equipment of the Cold chain

The room for vaccination is a little cramped, about thirty mothers are struggling with their children. Mardochée B., aged 20 and mother of two boys, is one of them. She came to vaccinate the youngest of them, Steve, barely a year old. The boy is already very robust for his age, and his mother has all the trouble in the world to contain his movements. Vaccination stations are staffed by nurses, auxiliaries and community-based general health workers (CHWs).

“The health worker told me that the vaccination will protect my child from diseases, so I took him. This will keep him healthy. My eldest son has already received all the vaccines, “she says. Mardochée is also sensitized on hygiene, nutrition and other practices to protect the child’s health against bad practices. The health center raises awareness on these issues.

Families who attend the Health Center are very vulnerable as Mardochée, she does not work. The vaccination service within the center is free because it is subsidized. When the vaccine is available, they come with their children. Some children also receive vitamin A supplementation.

Deal with the demand

Mothers waiting for their turn

People come from every corner of the commune of Croix-des-Bouquets, one of the largest in terms of area, to benefit from free health care, including vaccination. By day, there are between 40 to 50 women who come to be vaccinated and their children. Vaccination is from Monday to Friday, children from 0 to 11 months and from 12 to 59 months are vaccinated. The vaccines offered are: pentavalent (DTP-hib-HEB), polio, BCG, measles vaccine.

Dr. Faubert Aurelus, head of the health center, details the services offered to the population: pediatric consultation, prenatal consultation, family planning, general consultation, among others.

The hospital received, as part of Japan’s funding, a solar refrigerator for the storage of vaccines and other cold chain equipment. For the manager, it will help to better preserve vaccines because the energy problem will no longer be. “This is an important step, because with the former, there are variations in temperature that may deteriorate the quality of vaccines,” he says.

Reaching children in localities

Health workers assigned to the health center promote vaccination in the communities and carry out community vaccination posts in the most remote localities. Altidor Grevi, is one of them, he works in four localities of the commune of Croix-des-Bouquets. Sometimes he must walk for hours to reach these communities.

“I am doing gathering work with people in the communities and I am vaccinating. I’m weighing children also. Thanks to vaccination, measles has virtually disappeared in the localities where I work, “he explains.

Strengthening routine immunization

This routine immunization program, funded by the Japanese people, covers all ten departments, with a focus on the 70 very difficult to access communes. The RED approach (Reach every district)is the adopted reinforcement strategy. This project is in line with SDG 3, which aims to ensure a healthy life and promote the well-being of all at all ages.

“The main objective is the reduction of childhood morbidity and mortality due to vaccine-preventable diseases. We also want to increase vaccination coverage against measles and rubella from

Routine vaccination

51.9% to 90% with coverage of at least 80% at the communal level. Thanks to this generous donation from Japan, many more children will have access to routine immunization, “said UNICEF Representative in Haiti Maria Luisa Fornara.

Bringing ACAT into isolated localities


The Wash facilitator talking with some members of the ACAT Committee

With funding from the Japanese people, UNICEF is conducting open defecation fight’ activities in various hard to reach communities. In the locality of Lauranette, commune of Cerca-la-Source, in the Centre’ department, the population has practically eliminated open defecation. This represents a considerable progress, as in the past, cholera was wreaking havoc in the area. The inhabitants are now very satisfied with the results and thank the Japanese people for their valuable contribution.

Cerca-la-Source, Haiti.,03 October 2018 – It rained the night before, so taking the road to go to Lauranette (2nd communal section of Losianne), is not a party of pleasure. The ground is very muddy, and the road can easily become a trap for any vehicle, however robust. Reaching this locality in such circumstances is therefore a difficult task, but it does not discourage the World Vision agent, a UNICEF partner for the project ” Strengthening cholera prevention in the Central Department ‘.

A latrine built by the community

“We are conducting hygiene awareness sessions for the community. Before launching the Community Approach to Total Sanitation (ACAT), we organized visits, mobilized and verified that the area is ready before starting the process. In doing so, we invite community members to join us to get involved “says Zacharie Porpote, WASH facilitator at World Vision for the area.

In collaboration with the population, the facilitators set up an ‘’Action and Monitoring Committee for Sanitation’’ (CASA). Their role is to make a census of toilets in the community. “The committee mobilizes and educates people who do not have toilets  on the importance to buildim them. People have been very enthusiastic and dynamic. They started working from day one “he continues.

The enthusiasm of the community was crucial

This enthusiasm is expressed in the person of Mrs. Elula Jean, ASEC (the local authority) of the communal section. She a driving force for ACAT’ success, raising awareness and motivating people. “I remind residents about the devastation cholera has caused in the community before the construction of toilets. I ask them to dig latrines with the means they have, even if these means are derisory. If possible, I support them to feed the workers and I lend them tools, “she explains.

“There has been a lot of improvement when you considering the previous situation. But it’s an everyday struggle to make life easier for people. There are now many more latrines in the community and since then there is no more cholera, “she continues. Many people have died of cholera in the locality as it takes a long time to get out of the area. Thus the population understood the importance of using toilets and adopting adequate hygiene measures.

“We congratulate the people of Japan and UNICEF for making this contribution in the community. They allow us to protect our lives as well as those of our children. I encourage them to always work in the field because they have helped us a lot. Without this help, we do not know where we would be right now, “she recalls.

A project with many aspects

Water point were built in the Centre department

These activities, financed by Japan in the Center department and notably in Cerca-la-Source, cover several aspects, including the rehabilitation or construction of water supply facilities in 17 communities and peri-urban settlements, creation and training. water, hygiene and sanitation committees; the implementation of the ACAT approach in 100 rural communities and an appropriate sanitation approach in 20 peri-urban areas; building WASH infrastructure in schools as well as promoting hygiene.

“At UNICEF, we are very pleased with the funding of this project, as it will enable vulnerable families and children to benefit from water and sanitation (WASH) services in the Centre’ Department. It will save the lives of children and help us fight waterborne diseases, including cholera. Once again, we thank the Japanese people for helping us accomplish our mission, “said Maria Luisa Fornara, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.

Increase access to water through reforestation

Community involvement in the project

UNICEF with a contribution from USAID is implementing water rehabilitation projects in several departments of the country. One of the important components of this program is the reforestation around water catchment sources to protect and facilitate recharge of the water table and to allow people to have water in sufficient quantity and quality.

In the South, the implementing partner of the project, the Dutch Red Cross, goes to the most remote places by carrying out this program, with the support of DINEPA.

Cayes, September 18, 2018- The locality Mulat (3rd Boni) commune of Tiburon, is one of the beneficiaries. It is a very difficult place to access, and the steep terrain makes it even more difficult to access drinking water. Under the supervision of DINEPA, the Dutch Red Cross, with the support of UNICEF and USAID, conducts drinking water supply activities, such as the construction of a catchment source, a reservoir and fountains to draw water.

On the other hand, reforestation activities are carried out to ensure the sustainability of the project. One of the project leaders at the community level, Saurel Vital, Casec of the section, does not hide his satisfaction as to the realization of the project. “There has been a lot of improvement in the water situation. It was not drinkable and the animals used to soil the water because the source was not protected, “he says.

“It is of utmost importance to plant trees. Our community had a very large vegetation cover. Hurricane Matthew has uprooted the clear majority of trees, making the community extremely vulnerable. The Dutch Red Cross has carried out reforestation projects around built water sources which will help preserve this structure, “he says.

The organization distributed 16,082 seedlings to residents of rehabilitated sources, including 11,900 fruit trees and 4,182 foresters, and organized training sessions on environmental protection. For the entire project, 14 hectares have been reforested on the protection perimeter of 6 sources including 3 hectares in the Mulat area with 2,148 trees including 1,500 fruit trees and 848 forest trees.

“There has been a lot of improvement in our lives since this water project. In addition, we are better aware of the importance of trees. We have received training on tree planting techniques and we will plant a lot more, “said one of the residents. As part of the project 120 people from communities were trained on planting techniques for regrowth trees.

Community involvement made the difference

Everybody was involved

The community quickly became involved in the reforestation project. They participated in the construction of a fence around the catchment source, cleaned up weeds, and sensitized people to prevent animals to eat seedlings. They will continue to plant trees well after the departure of the Dutch Red Cross.

“We welcomed this project with a lot of warmth, everyone was involved. We have set up a volunteer service. The community took part in the transportation of the equipment because it is very far away. Now it is up to us to perpetuate this project. We are making them responsible because the project belongs to us now, “says Vital.

An important project

Joesmy Louis, Agronomist and Livelyhood Coordinator at the Dutch Red Cross, emphasizes the importance of planting specific tree species to help recharge the water table. The trainings allowed people to plant seedlings they had prepared themselves.

To combat the drought that threatened the trees, artisanal techniques were implemented, such as the use of water can on the root of the trees on a regular basis, straws to reduce the impact of the sun.

“People have not been paid to plant the trees. They got up very early, drum in hand in a festive atmosphere, with the participation of everyone for this reforestation movement, “he says. The blending of fruit trees has helped to increase the interest of the population.

A very isolated locality

An important project for the community

The locality of Mulat culminates several hundred meters high. Nestled in the mountains, it is virtually inaccessible. It takes a good driver and a solid off-road car to get there. Because the road is very narrow, traced by the population with the means of the edge, that is to say, nothing.

The big rocks are everywhere, with the sheer cliffs that are ready, worry is omnipresent for all passengers. The road resists even the inevitable motorcycles, they are not seen on the road. The living conditions are very difficult for residents.

Maria Luisa Fornara, UNICEF Representative in Haiti, says that access to clean water helps protect families, especially children from disease.

“In line with the principles of equity that guide UNICEF, our interventions are done across the country. With a focus on hard to reach places where the population is very vulnerable. We thank the Haitian government for its support and the people of the United States for this funding which has allowed us to facilitate access to drinking water for these families, “she concludes.

The vegetal cover around the sources plays several roles. In fact, forest soils retain the rainwater that makes its way to the aquifers, allowing them to be recharged. Riparian forests avoid runoff of acidic soils in freshwater lakes and rivers that would be highly affected. They reduce floods, limit floods, prevent soil erosion.


Fight drought in remote Southern communities

A water tank at Ti Plaine ( South departement)

The locality of Tiplaine, located in the Southern department, has suffered greatly from drought episodes. Its isolation makes the situation of people living even more difficult in terms of access to drinking water. UNICEF, with a contribution from USAID, together with the Dutch Red Cross, has rehabilitated the water system in the area, including building a catchment, a reservoir, a water system capable of to feed the residents through fountains. All under the supervision of the National Directorate of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DINEPA).

They do not know how to thank the donors, because now it’s a relief for everyone, so much has life changed in the locality. Training for plumbers makes the network sustainable.

Cayes, 17 September 2018- A broad smile cuts the face of Smart Joseph, ASEC (a local authority) of Tiplaine, when she speaks of the water network of the locality.

“Before the installation of the network, the situation was untenable within the area in terms of water. The place where we used to draw water was very unhealthy, there were a lot of rocks, trees were everywhere and it was very difficult for us. For some people, they had to walk more than an hour, back and forth. There were many people who drew water and the flow was very low, “she recalls.

The water was not drinkable

Not to mention the poor quality of water that was not drinkable and that was a source of illness of any kind for the population, especially children. The water was drawn from the ground. People caught all kinds of illnesses. The children had pimples on the skin and on the scalp as well as waterborne diseases. In the case of women, they faced a serious problem in terms of personal hygiene.

Josette Blanc, one of the beneficiaries and mother of three children, remembers all the difficulties she encountered to be able to draw water that was not even drinkable. “The situation was so critical that we did not know what to do. It was God who sent UNICEF, USAID, the Red Cross and DINEPA otherwise we would all already be dead because the cholera was wreaking havoc “, she admits.

She had serious skin problems because of the water. “Now my skin is healthy and I am cured because of the new water network,” she says.

People are more than satisfied

A Red Cross technician conducting control quality

“With the arrival of UNICEF, the Red Cross, USAID and DINEPA who built this network, the situation has improved considerably, we no longer face the same problems. It’s different, kids are healthier, “she says.

People welcomed the project with open arms, she said. Other areas started work well before them. But their enthusiasm and energy allowed them to finish before the others. People have been trained on water management so that everyone is aware of the importance of drinking water, how to protect themselves from germs, handwashing, and more.

Plumber training that made the difference

As part of the project and sustainability of the works, on the proposal of DINEPA, there have been training sessions for plumbers who manage drinking water supply systems (SAEP) of the various networks of the South. Thirty plumbers took part in the workshop.

The plumber of Ti Plaine, responsible for the system did not hide his satisfaction. He was particularly pleased by the fact that his plumber assistants benefited from the knowledge he gathered during the workshop. “They can take over the system when I’m not there,” he said, emphasizing the unconditional support of the people for the realization of the project.

Keep the network in good condition

Several thousand trees have been planted around the catchment sources to conserve water. Seedlings were distributed as part of the project. There have been trainings to raise awareness about the importance of trees. “Many people went to plant trees,” says Smart Joseph. Indeed, the Dutch Red Cross has also trained on tree planting techniques and provided nurseries which allowed the reforestation of 2 hectares on the perimeter of protection of the source. In total, 1 530 trees, including 1050 fruit trees and 480 foresters were planted by the communities. This will increase the plant cover and protect the newly rehabilitated source.

A Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Committee (CAEPA) – made up of community members – was set up and trained on these tasks and responsibilities by DINEPA according to the national protocol in order to ensure the management of the system. of water supply. Also at the community level, people living on pipes and fountains in support of CAEPA ensure cleanliness, sensitize people and hunt animals, so that everything is always clean.

“We must be able to sustain the system because it belongs to us,” said one of the leaders.

This project is very important for UNICEF, DINEPA and USAID because it integrates the construction component of water access systems with that of sustainability through the training of stakeholders and the preservation of water resources. These two elements being the guarantee of the continuity of the service of water in the localities synonymous with the eradication of waterborne diseases.

The project aims to respond to the critical water needs of people living in drought areas and at risk of food insecurity and under-nutrition.


New UNICEF Representative visits partners in the Department of Centre

The Representative talking with nurses in the CTDA

Ms. Maria Luisa Fornara, the new UNICEF Representative in Haiti, paid a short visit to the Center Department. She met with several partners in the field of water, hygiene and sanitation and the fight against cholera. The main objective was to understand the different challenges and progresses in these areas. Ms. Fornara had very fruitful discussions with Dr. Jasmin Paul Menahel, a cholera control high ranking officer in the Department of centre for the Ministry of Health (MSPP).

Mirebalais, August 17, 2018- Early in the morning the UNICEF car hits the road. On board, the former and new head of the Emergency section of UNICEF, Gregory Bulit and Antonio Marro. After crossing the traffic, the road in the mountains of the department were offered to the delegation.

Ms. Fornara visited an acute diarrhea treatment center (CTDA) in Mirebalais and could talk with the nurses in charge of the Center. They expressed their determination of every day to provide the necessary care for their compatriots and to save lives.

The UNICEF Representative met with Zanmi Lasante (Partners in Health), a UNICEF partner in the field of water, hygiene and sanitation. The organization deals with the management of the CTDA and it is building, with funding from other donors, a modern CTDA with a larger capacity. The UNICEF Representative also visited the site.

“Zanmi Lasante evolves mainly in the care, per the attributions that we granted by the MSPP. It is necessary to continue by making sanitary cordon around the houses with suspected cases, however there are partners like ACTED, UNICEF and other organizations that make the community care. There is therefore a continuous coordination between us. We must maintain the bridge to give the maximum to the community, “said Dr. Kenia Vissières, program coordinator at Zanmi Lasante.

According to her, visits by senior officials, such as the UNICEF Representative, are always very important to see for themselves the challenges with a view to make their contribution.

A sensitization session in a remote area in the Centre

To see progress in the fight against cholera

Pierre Davidson, technical coordinator of the cholera project at ACTED for the whole country, explains that the visit is important because it can see for itself the evolution of the response.

“It will allow her to understand what the fight against cholera is required. There is certainly a lot of progress, but much remains to be done to eradicate the epidemic across the country. She will also be able to see the commitment of the various actors in the fight against cholera, “he said.

Better understand the rapid response strategy

Ms. Fornara also followed a rapid response team in the field. Composed of members of ACTED and the MSSP, their main task is to fight and contain cholera. These teams deploy rapidly when there are suspected cases, to establish a cordon sanitaire around the home concerned. They are responsible for raising awareness about water, hygiene and sanitation; they decontaminate the houses; they distribute a kit containing soap, tablets for the chlorination of water, salts of oral rehydration.


The EMMUS VI Survey formally launched by the government

The presentation of the EMMUS VI

The new figures from the Mortality, Morbidity and Utilization Survey (EMMUS VI) will allow the government to better define their actions. Public policies will be based on the data from the survey. They will also serve local and international partners in their daily interventions.

Port-au-Prince, August 21, 2018- EMMUS VI was launched in the presence of the main actors and donors of the health sector, the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP), UNICEF, the Embassy Canada, the United States Embassy, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Bank, among others.

Dr. Marie Greta Roy Clément, Minister of Health, recalled that the data presented is the backbone of public health. “Indeed, all your decisions, if they want to be rational and hopeful for the Haitian people, must necessarily be based on statistics of reliable services and news,” she insisted.

The Minister further indicated that with the publication of these results, the diagnosis of the health situation is available which will facilitate better planning and management of our programs and projects in public health. This will bring the country closer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“There is still a long way to go, we must hasten the pace, trot or even gallop if we want to present a satisfactory record of our health actions by 2030,” she said. Dr. Roy Clément also emphasized the efforts to equip the health system with qualified human resources, particularly in the field of community health. Thus, the system has been enriched by: 1,200 community health workers, 270 general nursing assistants, 270 health officers.

UNICEF contributed to EMMUS VI

Ms Maria Luisa Fornara during her speech

UNICEF, along with other partners, provided technical and financial support for the survey. “UNICEF is proud to have accompanied the MSSP in the production of this important survey, and wishes to recall that this support is a continuation of the previous EMMUS,” said Maria Luisa Fornara, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.

Ms. Fornara praised the leadership of the MSPP in this survey. “This survey will enable us to better direct our actions, alongside the government and in collaboration with our partners and donors, to reach the most vulnerable children and families in the most remote areas of the country,” he said. she emphasized, while renewing UNICEF’s commitment alongside the MSPP.

A fundamental inquiry

The Sixth Survey Mortality, Morbidity and Utilization in Haiti 2016-2017 (EMMUS-VI) is a representative sample survey at the national level. The main objective of the 2016-2017 EMMUS-VI is to provide updated estimates of basic demographic and health indicators.

During the 2016-2017 EMMUS-VI, data were collected on fertility levels, fertility preferences, knowledge and use of family planning methods, breastfeeding practices, and mortality. children, infant and maternal health, possession and use of mosquito nets, nutritional status of mother and child.

SIMEX to prepare for the emergency

The Simex in progerss with DPC agents and coast guards

The Directorate of Civil Protection (CPD) of the Ministry of the Interior and local authorities, together with various government authorities and with the collaboration of partner organizations, carried out on August 2 and 3, a national hydro meteorological simulation exercise (SIMEX) to assess the level of preparedness of civil protection structures and their ability to respond to emergencies or disasters. UNICEF has been actively involved in this SIMEX as a partner and co-lead agency in four key sectors (WASH, Education, Nutrition and Child Protection) and as an evaluator.

Cayes, 23 August, 2018-This year, the exercises focused on the simulation of the passage of hurricane Peter category 4, particularly in the South of the country. The SIMEX took place on several sites in the departments of Nippes, South. Marine search and rescue actions were carried out in the eastern channel (Cayes and Ile-à-Vache), also simulating the evacuation of the survivors to the mainland.

One of the objectives of Simex in the South, was to assess the departmental coordination capacity of this region and the civil protection structures of Les Cayes and Ile-à-Vache, to jointly manage an emergency and to assist victims.

All major government structures involved were put in motion; the National Police of Haiti (PNH), the Corps of firefighters, the National Ambulance Center, municipalities, local authorities, among others. The Haitian Red Cross was also present during this exercise.

Consider the lessons learned

At the Center of emergency of Les Cayes (COUD)

Boutin Pierre-Marie, operational support officer at the DPC at the southern level, explains that the Simex has been planned in concert with the city of Les Cayes and the central coordination. The simulation was based on the search for some thirty victims of a shipwreck and in distress on the high seas.

“The volunteer brigadiers of the Civil Protection had the role of triage the victims, put them on a stretcher, putting them in a meeting point. There, the members of the Red Cross took care of the victims. This simulation will allow us to discover our strengths and weaknesses in our interventions, “he said.

For his part, agronomist Joseph Felix, National Coordinator of Response for CPD, emphasized that this year they have changed their theme, coming out of the traditional issue of temporary shelter, or flooding to focus on rescue and search at sea.

“The balance sheet of Simex is very satisfying, considering that it is a new experience. I cannot say that there were no mistakes, because the purpose of a simulation is to track down what is wrong and correct it. In the next Simex, we want to give another dimension to the exercise, “he said.

UNICEF a key partner in emergency situation

Jean Stenio Pierre, head of the UNICEF Cayes sub-office, one of the SIMEX evaluators, emphasized the strengths of SIMEX: the good coordination at the Departmental Emergency Operation Center (COUD) and the SIMEX management team, the good presence of non-state actors and good representation of UN agencies present in the South (UNFPA-OIM-WFP-UNICEF-OCHA etc …); the good results of Simulation on the Wharf.

“We have to consider what has not worked well to make good decisions in the context of risk management. UNICEF supports the government across the country in disaster risk management, preparedness and response to emergencies. We congratulate all the actors of this Simex, “he said.

Launch of the 2018 ‘’Punch Operation against Cholera’’

The representatives of the local collectivities during the launching


 In 2017, the operation punch allowed a breakthrough in the fight against cholera in the West department. On Monday, August 7, the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) and the National Directorate of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DINEPA) launched the 2018 ‘’Punch Operation’’. The main partners in the fight against the disease were there, including UNICEF and the representatives of local and regional authorities in the West.

Port-au-Prince, 22 August, 2018- With the launch of the ‘’punch operation’’, the main partners want to strengthen the fight in the department of the West. There has been significant progress in the fight, as evidenced by the numbers that have never been so low.

The administrator of the Western Health Directorate (DSO), Mr. Maliou Etienne, welcomed the participants’ presence during the workshop. “I want to remind you that the fight to eliminate, to eradicate cholera is not only the business of the MSPP but also it involves the participation of all. Everyone must contribute to the fight, “he said, officially launching the workshop.

Mr. Paul Chrystian Namphy, coordinator of cholera control at DINEPA, emphasized the important elements of the strategy to eliminate cholera: medical care, community response, epidemiological surveillance, awareness, drinking water and sanitation, involvement of local elected officials.

“These elements are essential, we must provide the population with access to water and sanitation. We must support the population in a real revolution of behavior change, promotion of awareness and hygiene, “he continued.


Mrs. Maria Luisa Fornara, UNICEF Haiti Representative during his speech

UNICEF a key player in the fight against cholera

In the fight against cholera, UNICEF has been with the Haitian government from the first moments. The organization supports the fight against the disease at several echelons, including the aspect of support for coordination and response at national, departmental and communal levels. Thus, the organization is the leader of the WASH sector and ensures a constant presence in the health sector to reinforce the links and the cohesion between the activities Wash and health.

“The punch operation has this strength to rally all the actors concerned by this common goal of eliminating cholera. UNICEF is delighted with the involvement of everyone, especially local and regional authorities in this major operation, “said Mrs. Maria Luisa Fornara, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.

The elimination of cholera: more than ever a truth

The latest figures against the disease show that it is possible to eliminate it. At the 30th week of this year, only 31 suspected cases were recorded for the whole country. In general, 818,874 suspected cases of cholera have been reported from 2010 to 28 July 2018; in 2017, the number of suspect cases reported amounted to 13,681 for the whole country; and from January to July of the current year there are only 2,874 cases across the country.

The combined efforts of all the partners involved in this fight bring Haiti closer and closer to the goal of elimination. It is important to be extra vigilant during the rainy season.

Even if the figures are encouraging “we cannot yet claim victory, because the cholera is still there” warned Mr. Paul Christian Namphy.











Ms Maria Luisa Fornara is the new UNICEF Haiti Representative

Ms. Fornara delivering her credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Antonio Rodrigue

Port-au-Prince, 14 August 2018 – Ms. Maria Luisa Fornara is the new UNICEF Representative in Haiti. She replaces Mr. Marc Vincent who has spent nearly three and a half years in this position serving Haitian children.

Ms. Fornara arrived in Haiti on August 2, 2018, after completing three years of service as UNICEF Representative in Peru. There she managed the design and implementation of the 2017-2021 Cooperation Programme, which has led the country to position violence against children and adolescents as a main priority in the public agenda, among other relevant issues.

From 2009 to 2015, she was Representative of UNICEF Tunisia. During that period while Tunisia was transitioning towards democracy, she contributed to focus the country´s national efforts on public policies of promotion and protection of the rights of Tunisian children.

Prior to her position as Representative, Maria Luisa Fornara was UNICEF Deputy Representative in Tunisia and Serbia. She has a wide range of work experience in international cooperation; she was program officer at UNDP, consultant for the World Bank in Lebanon, and researcher of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

UNICEF’s Representative holds a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from the Ecoles de Hautes Etudes in Paris (1994), a diploma in Public Policies and Promotion of Child Rights from Maastricht University in Holland (2007), and has completed studies and specializations from Oxford Policy Management and the Institute of the World Bank.

Italian by birth, Ms Fornara is fluent in Italian, English, French and Spanish. She also has a basic knowledge of Arabic.

For more information:

Cornelia Walther, UNICEF Haiti communication chief,

Jean Panel Fanfan, UNICEF Haiti communication officer,

Count me as every citizen (Kontem tankou tout sitwayen)


Kids playing at Municipal Palace of Delmas

This Sunday, June 10, nearly 3,000 children from all over the country celebrated “The National Day of the Haitian Child”. The kids converged on the Delmas Municipal Palace to take part in the festivities. Early in the morning, dozens of buses dropped off the children, one could read impatience in their eyes, they did not want to stay in the ranks. The right to leisure is a right guaranteed by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

This day is the culmination of the Children’s Week, organized by the Institute of Social Welfare and Research (IBESR), with the support of partners including UNICEF.

Port-au-Prince, June 11, 2018- The municipal palace of Delmas, was dressed in his best clothes to receive children: bouncy castles, trampolines, slides, rockers; a large stand to receive the children’s performance, all decorated with multicolored balloons. Children of all ages, with t-shirts sporting the theme of the day, ran in all directions. An improvised football match was very successful.

The children danced, jumped and played together. They wanted to enjoy this day that was devoted to them. Speakers broadcast music on children’s rights. On the stand, there were talent competitions, several children, sang songs that made the assistants vibrate.

“I am very happy to be here. I think it is important to celebrate the rights of children by involving them. These children have fun and run in all directions, many are not used to using these games. Because their family situation is very difficult, “says a 16-year-old.

Strengthen children’s rights

A young girl singing

Mrs. Arielle Jeanty Villedrouin, Executive Director of IBESR, the hoarse voice, so much she sang, thanked everyone who came to participate in this celebration, mainly children. “It is a day of hope and promise in accordance with the theme chosen: Count me, like any citizen. By this theme children claim their rights, they ask that they be valued within society, they have a place in the construction of the country, “she said.

She emphasized the importance of allowing children to celebrate and have a special time for them. “This moment allows them to forget, for a moment, the sorrows and the problems they experience daily,” she said.

Mrs. Villedrouin made a solemn appeal to all sectors of society: parents, government officials, politicians, educators, to think and work so that all these children have a chance of success in life.

The National Haitian Child Week was rich in events promoting the rights of the child. A press conference with teenagers opened the week, there was a children’s fair with exhibitions of the main partners of the IBESR, conference-debate at the local institution. The National Day of the Haitian Child was instituted in 1960.