Current Situation Overview
After more than three years without a reported case of cholera in Haiti, national authorities confirmed 2 new cases of the disease in Port-au-Prince on 17 October, 2022. This outbreak is a major concern in the country, which is currently affected by ongoing gang violence. As of 16 January, 2023, there were 24,451 suspected cholera cases, and the death toll continues to rise. Healthcare systems are overwhelmed, and supply chains for medicines and medical supplies have been almost completely blocked due to the seaport’s closure. Many NGOs are now left without viable, affordable options to send large amounts of necessary supplies for the emergency response.
Airlink and the United States Agency for International Development Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA) have stood up a humanitarian air bridge to address the severe logistics challenges related to delivering health and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) supplies related to the treatment and prevention of cholera.