The Corona pandemic has not spared Haiti. Although the number of officially reported cases remains relatively low compared to other countries, a high number of unreported cases must be expected due to a lack of testing capacity. The country's healthcare system is very fragile, which is why the spread of the virus can have devastating consequences. Combined with the ongoing sociopolitical crisis, the pandemic has reinforced stresses to families’ food security and livelihoods. HEKS/EPER has been supporting the population, authorities and institutions in Grand'Anse since April 2020 in taking precautions against the Corona virus.
The entire population of Grand'Anse, i.e. around 500,000 people, benefits from the project. HEKS/EPER supports local families, the department's health services and old people's homes, the prison in Jérémie and the markets in raising awareness of the virus and establishing protective and hygiene measures.
The aim is to prevent the spread of the Corona virus and to protect the population of the rural department of Grand'Anse. The measures aim to facilitate access to information about the virus and protective measures, improve the protection of the population through the availability of water, soap, chlorine and protective masks, and provide specific support to health structures, nursing homes and the prison in Jérémie.