Resource mobilisation for Haiti
The desperate conditions of Haiti's people - resulting from chronic poverty and environmental degradation - have been exacerbated by political instability. Their situation deteriorated after the 17-18 September 2004 floods, which killed more than 1,800 people and affected at least 200,000. Public services, including health facilities, were extensively damaged.
Haiti has the worst health indicators of the Americas, with the highest infant and maternal mortality rates. It also has the highest prevalence rates for malnutrition and for persons living with HIV/AIDS.
Respiratory infections and diarrhoeal diseases cause at least half of the deaths of children under-five. Approximately 60% the population does not have access to primary health care, more than half do not have access to medication, 76% of all births occur without medical attention, and only one child out of two is completely vaccinated.