IMPACT returned to Haiti through its REACH initiative in 2020 in order to inform responses being developed to mitigate the effects of the tropical storm Laura (August 2020), the COVID-19 pandemic, and increased violence triggered by socio-political events particularly in the Metropolitan Area of Port-au-Prince. Since REACH returned to Haiti, they have been able to inform the response for the 2021 earthquake through the Joint Market Monitoring Initiative and participative area-based assessments.
The regular occurrence of natural disasters in Haiti as well as the continuously worsening situation of violence and political instability leaves the vast majority of the Haitian population in a vulnerable state. In using our specific technical abilities, REACH has been working with humanitarian coordination structures and sectoral groups as well as governmental actors and local representatives of communities in order to provide reliable and relevant information to humanitarian actors and decision-makers.
Most recently REACH is concentrating on ensuring pertinent and comparable data to inform the HNO/HRP cycle of 2022/2023 through conducting our flagship Multi-Sectoral Needs Assessment (MSNA) across the entire country with a particular focus on the Metropolitan Area of Port-au-Prince. In addition to this, REACH is introducing area-based approaches to response planning in close collaboration with communities and local actors in order to support locally adapted and participative approaches to aid and early recovery. Finally, REACH is focusing on using their GIS (Geographic information systems) capacities as well as a coordination approach in order to raise awareness and capacities to deal with natural disasters and shocks.