« I want my country to change. I dream of becoming President of Haiti. I want my country to become a country like any other. I no longer want to hear that Haiti is one of the poorest countries on the planet. I want to change that »
Emilie, 10 years old, leader of the Health and Hygiene club in St Marc, Haiti.
Committing to children's rights in Haiti
A web series exploring UNICEF's work with children, communities and partners
In line with our Country Program Document (CPD) 2017-2021, UNICEF is addressing the immediate basic needs of children and families affected by humanitarian crises, as well as their medium and long-term access to social services.
Part of what makes UNICEF effective is its collaboration with communities and community-based organizations. Through stories, videos and maps, Together with Haiti will introduce some of these communities around the country and show you what we are achieving together.
UNICEF is working with partners, public, private, national and international, in many key sectors to help achieving the goal of the organization, which is the well-being of all the children. This partnership covered a wide range: education, child protection, nutrition, water and sanitation, health, fight against cholera.
UNICEF works with the government to address the basic and immediate needs of children and families.
The geographic location of Haiti makes it vulnerable to natural disaster and the negative impact of climate change. Haiti is among the most vulnerable countries in the world to natural disasters. It is exposed to multiple hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and droughts.
WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE – CHOLERA
In Haiti, only 35 percent of households have access to a functional handwashing point with water and soap. 42 percent of Haitians do not have access to improved water sources. Seven persons out of ten do not have access to improved sanitation. Open defecation rates, at national level, are 19 percent, thanks to the ongoing efforts of the communities.
HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Since 1990, the child mortality rate for children under 5 has decreased by 52 percent. This reduction of child mortality in Haiti is an accomplishment worth celebrating! Still, we cannot forget that the country has the highest maternal and child mortality rates in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Together we can reduce it !
To reduce the incidence of violence against and the abuse, neglect and exploitation of children, UNICEF supports the decentralization of critical child protection services. A focus is on the development and implementation of inter-sectoral protocols for the reporting and management of child abuse, with attention to gender-based violence, at national and local levels.
Primary net attendance is lower in rural areas (73 per cent) than in urban areas (86 per cent), only 66 per cent of children from the poorest households attend primary school against 92 per cent from the richest. Since 2007, education has been a key component of national development strategies. It is an indicator of the Haitian government’s commitment to universal education despite limited means.