Building a resilient Haiti

  • Over the past decade, Haiti has been left devastated by a series of extreme weather events and natural disasters. In 2008, the country was hit by four hurricanes, killing 800 people and destroying agricultural land. Then, less than two years later, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the country’s capital. More than 220,000 people lost their lives and 1.5 million people were rendered homeless.

    A combination of poor infrastructure, densely populated urban areas, and a lack of disaster preparedness, has left Haiti’s 11 million-some population extremely vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters. Given the frequency of natural disasters, planning for and building resilient infrastructure is crucial for creating safer living environments and a more sustainable future for Haiti’s people.

    With partners, UNOPS has been working with communities across the country in three main lines:

    1. Better education

    2. Better access

    3. Better health

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