Haiti by the Numbers, Four Years Later

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Sunday, 12 January 2014 10:42

(See also "Haiti by the Numbers, Three Years Later.")

Number of people killed in the earthquake in 2010: over 217,300

Number of people in Haiti killed by the U.N.-caused cholera epidemic: 8,531

Number of people who died from cholera, on average, every day over the past six months: 2

Number of people in Haiti sickened by the U.N.-caused cholera epidemic: over 696,865

Budget for U.N., the U.S. CDC and the Haitian and Dominican governments’ plan to eradicate cholera (launched over a year ago): $2.2 billion

Percent of cholera eradication plan budget committed or pledged so far: 10

Percent of cholera eradication plan budget pledged by the U.N.: 1

Annual budget for the U.N.’s mostly military and police mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH): $577 million

Days since cholera was introduced in Haiti without an apology from the U.N.: 1,179

“Number of international actors engaged in cholera response efforts,” according to the U.N., in 2011: 120

“Number of international actors engaged in cholera response efforts,” according to the U.N., in 2013: 43

U.N. Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) funding appeal for 2014: $169 million

Percent of last year’s OCHA appeal that was actually funded: 42

Budget for Caracol industrial park: $300 million

Amount the Inter-American Development Bank pledged this month for expansion of Caracol: $40.5 million

Number of households who lost farm and grazing lands to make way for the Caracol park three years ago: 366

Number of people estimated to have received jobs at Caracol out of a projected 65,000 jobs, as of July 2013: 2,000

Percent by which on average, workers at Caracol are illegally underpaid, according to the Workers Rights Consortium: 34

Minimum wage in Haiti, under law: $7.00/day

Percent of garment factories in Haiti found to be non-compliant with the minimum wage: 100

Cost of a basic basket of food in Haiti, allowing for 1,979 kilocalories consumed per person per day (August 2013 prices): $10

Percent of Haitian population living on less than $2.00/day: over 80

Percent of Haitian population living on less than $1.00/day: over 50

Percent of Haitian population estimated to be “still suffering from the impact of both chronic and acute needs”: 30

Prevalence of global acute malnutrition amongst  children under 5 years old in 2012: 5.1 percent

Prevalence of global acute malnutrition amongst  children under 5 years old in 2013: 6.5 percent

Number of beds at the new University Hospital in Mirebalais, supported by Partners in Health: 300

Population served by the new, state-of-the-art facility: 185,000

Number of Haitian doctors beginning medical residencies at the new hospital: 14

For each $1 dollar invested in the hospital, amount pushed into the broader Haitian economy: $1.82

When fully operational, number of Haitians employed by the hospital: 800

Total U.S. Government post-quake funding earmarked for Haiti: $3.7 billion

Total U.S. Government disbursements of funds for Haiti: $2.9 billion

Percent of USAID contracts that have gone to Beltway-based firms: 67.1 [1]

Percent of USAID contracts that have gone to Haitian companies: 1.3 [2]

Percent by which the U.S. government goal of 15,000 new houses built has been reduced: over 80

Percent spent on shelter out of U.S. government’s first $1.34 billion committed to Haiti: 9.2

Number of people displaced from their homes by the earthquake: 1.5 million

Number of people remaining in internally displaced person (IDP) camps: approximately 200,000

Number of people that the inter-agency Shelter Cluster claims remain in IDP camps: 145,000

Percent of population displaced by the earthquake who have left IDP camps, voluntarily or involuntarily: 89

Number of IDP camps receiving official camp management services, out of 306: 2

Number of houses assessed by Haiti’s Ministry of Public Works, with the support of Miyamoto International: 430,000

Number of houses found to damaged or destroyed: 246,000

Number of masons trained with the support of Miyamoto International: 6,000

Number of engineers trained with the support of Miyamoto International: 600

Number of transitional shelters built by aid agencies since the earthquake: 113,595

Number of new houses constructed since the earthquake: 7,515

Number of houses that have been repaired: 26,547

Amount offered in rental assistance under Martelly administration’s “16/6” plan: $500

Percent of participants in a recent IJDH survey who still live in the home to which they were relocated by the 16/6 program: 51

Percent of 16/6 participants reporting that they are unable to pay rent: 61

Percent reporting that their most pressing need is housing, in 2013: 56

Percent who reported that their most pressing need was housing, in 2012: 9

Percent of survey participants reporting that at least one family member went one or more days without food: 68

Percent of survey participants reporting that their children went without eating: 63

Percent of survey participants reporting that they are eating worse than when living in the camps: 37

Percent of survey participants reporting that they are eating worse than before the earthquake: 63

“In a 2011 study of five Internally Displaced Persons camps in Haiti…percent [of] female participants [who] had been directly involved in or witnessed transactional sex, often performed in order to feed their children”: 100

Percent of reported rape victims who are adolescent girls: over 60

Percent of International Financial Institution (IFI)-funded projects reviewed by Gender Action that “discussed gender inequalities and gender roles in the project rationale and background”: 58

Percent of IFI projects reviewed by Gender Action that “ignored gender dimensions entirely”: 42

Percent of IFI projects reviewed by Gender Action that “do not mention gender roles in consultations”: 83



1) Author’s calculations based on information from USASpending.gov.

2) Ibid.

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