• Crisis Severity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 10,898,000 Total population [?]
  • 4,416,000 People in Need [?]



Haiti is regularly affected by natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, and droughts. At least 4.4 million people in Haiti (about 40% of the population) were in need of humanitarian assistance as at March 2021; almost 49% of them are children. Food insecurity persists across the country, with approximately 4.1 million people in acute need of food assistance. This is caused by the combined effects of natural hazards and poor socioeconomic conditions. In November 2020, 69% of 11,600 households surveyed reported a decrease in their incomes as a result of the pandemic. During 2019–2020, four million children did not have access to education. Haiti experiences political and social turbulence because of gang violence, which has been on the rise since the second half of 2020. Since June 2021, approximately 18,100 people have been displaced by armed violence, and about 1.5 million have been affected by the inability to access basic services in Port-au-Prince during clashes between gangs. The assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on 7 July adds a new element of political instability to the current crisis, although the potential developments and consequences of the event are not yet clear. ?

INFORM measures Haiti's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster for 2019 to be high at 6.5/10. Lack of Coping Capacity is of particular concern, at 7.4/10.?

Latest Developments


08/10/2021: Lack of drinking water and sanitation facilities in southern Haiti following the impact of 14 August earthquake has resulted in people suffering from skin diseases such as scabies, gastrointestinal and respiratory infections, and other diseases associated with poor living and hygiene conditions. Healthcare needs are high, especially among people with chronic illnesses.?

06/10/2021: Some 300,000 children are gradually resuming their studies after the 14 August earthquake -- and a month’s delay to the start of their school year -- but without the necessary infrastructure. In the southwest of the country, around 70% of all schools are still damaged or destroyed. The lack of funds to repair schools or provide temporary structures has created urgent needs for education-related assistance, mainly in Grand'Anse and Les Cayes. The current fuel shortages throughout the country, generated by insecurity and gang violence, have halted work on debris collection and school reconstruction.  In addition, many families' loss of income and resources makes it difficult for them to get the school supplies necessary to ensure learning, and some teachers whose families were affected by the earthquake are not returning to work. These conditions have put some 230,000 children and young people in southern Haiti at risk of dropping out of school. ?

Find more detailed information in the latest ACAPS special report.

Humanitarian Access



Escalating insecurity since the beginning of 2021 has increasingly hindered humanitarian access both for people in need and for humanitarian organisations. Since early June, there has been a surge in intergang clashes in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince for territorial control, with the communes of Bas Delmas, Bel Air, Martissant, and Saint Martin being the most affected. Frequent shootings and road blockades limit people’s access to medical centres and displacement camps. The displaced population experiences difficult access to clean water, food, personal hygiene items, and health and protection assistance. Haiti has poor basic infrastructure and is prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, which cause severe disruption and damage to infrastructure. In some remote areas of the country, access to people in need is particularly difficult.

Read more in the latest ACAPS Humanitarian Access Overview.

Update from the October 2020 Global Risk Analysis


An unusually active hurricane season leads to higher levels of food insecurity and humanitarian needs in a country with already limited national response capacity

Even though the latest Atlantic hurricane season did not affect Haiti as expected, social and economic factors have continued to impact people’s food security and overall living conditions, as highlighted by ACAPS in the October 2020 Global Risk Analysis. The high prices of goods, the weakened value of the Haitian gourde, the economic effects of COVID-19, and below-average autumn harvests continue to affect livelihoods and drive acute food insecurity countrywide.? 4.4 million people are expected to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or higher levels of food insecurity in the months of March-June 2021. 4 million people were projected to face IPC Phase 3 levels and above in the August 2020-February 2021 period.?

Security conditions have also deteriorated in Haiti as a result of an increase in kidnappings for ransom, assassinations, and social and political protests. These factors were not taken into consideration in the risk analysis published in October, and are having a significant impact on food security and other sectors such as education. New protests broke out in the capital Portau-Prince in mid-February 2021 in an effort to drive out President Jovenel Moise, whose term was expected to end on 7 February. Continued violence, civil unrest, and kidnappings could constrain access to markets or close down market areas, disrupting market supply and further deteriorating food availability and access.?

Read the full latest Global Risk Analysis here.

Key Priorities

  • Food Security: expected declines in crop production due to below-average and irregular rains since March, continued inflation, and the effects of COVID-19 containment measures are affecting food security. The high prices of staple goods are making it hard for the poorest households to access food. WFP estimates that the number of people in severe food insecurity could rise from the current 700,000 to 1.6 million in the coming months.?

Political Instability


Since President Jovenel Moïse took office in February 2017, Haiti has faced repeated periods of civil unrest. Recurrent protests took place between 2018–2021. Among the causes of these demonstrations were the rejection of the election results, rising fuel prices, discontent over stark socioeconomic inequalities, and the lack of adequate social services across the country. ?

The assassination of Jovenel Moïse on 7 July 2021 was followed by an escalation in gang violence, with shootings and blockades reported – particularly in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. ?Political instability has increased as Prime Minister Ariel Henry was linked to the assassination of the president on 14 September. Presidential elections scheduled for 26 September were postponed to 7 November, but the dismissal of the Provisional Electoral Council on 28 September could again delay the process. ?

Since July 2021, gang violence remains a concern and a driver of humanitarian needs in Haiti. Confrontations between urban gangs have caused the displacement of around 19,000 people, especially in Delmas, Fontamara, and Martissant neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince, and resulted in the damage of thousands of houses. ? Gang violence has left around 1,100,000 people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. ?

COVID-19 Outbreak


The first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported on 18 March. As of 12 May, Haiti has registered 209 confirmed cases with 16 deaths. Current numbers could grow considering the return of many Haitians who lost their jobs in the neighbouring Dominican Republic – almost 15,000 voluntary returns estimated between 17 March and 3 May – and deportation of Haitian citizens from the US without systematic testing. Pre-existing vulnerabilities include fragile healthcare and sanitation systems, six million Haitians living below the poverty line, a deteriorating economic and political situation, deepening food insecurity, and the presence of slums where self-isolation measures are hardly possible. Onset of hurricane season in June might further stretch humanitarian response capacities. The government declared a state of health emergency until 20 May with the closure of airports and ports, but the lockdown has not been systematically enforced as informal workers continue working to survive. There are shortages of medical and protective material.?