Cauvin Stanley, Operation clerk at the IOM warehouse of Port-au-Prince in Haiti, shows what is included in the hygiene kits. These kits are part of IOM's non food items distributed to people affected by natural disasters such as Hurricane Irma.
On September 7 2017, Haiti was hit by hurricane Irma. IOM has helped affected people shelter in emergency evacuation centres and distributed NFI.
July 2017, Port-au-Prince Haiti, about 2,900 people displaced by the 2010 earthquake live in Camp Tabarre ISA. Haiti is experiencing a new hurricane season, and recent heavy rains have flooded low land areas, overfilled the water drainage channels and left stagnant water throughout the camp Tabarre ISA, making it an ideal environment for the spread of mosquitoes and vector-borne diseases. By regularly monitoring the humanitarian situation in the displacement camps, the IOM CMO teams identifies the risks faced by the displaced populations. Today, IOM Health, Protection, Return and CMO (Camp Management Operations) teams distributed mosquito nets to 20 families and provided information on their use and how to effectively protect themselves from mosquitoes and the diseases they may transmit.
After three years spent living in a camp, in bad hygienic and safety conditions, Marie Thérèse's life has changed the day that she could finally go back to a real home. The Protection team provided her with all the necessary support to relocate to her new place, which she rent through a return rental subsidy scheme. "It's going to make a huge difference," she said, "I'll feel much safer in my new house."