Following the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew, today I announce Australia will provide urgent humanitarian assistance to Haiti.
Australia will contribute $2.5 million to the international effort to assist Haitians in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. When at least 546 Haitians were killed, thousands of homes destroyed, there was a surge in cholera cases, leaving more than 1.4 million Haitians in need of humanitarian assistance.
The Australian Government will provide $1.5 million to UNICEF to improve access to clean water and sanitation to help combat the cholera epidemic and threat of other water-borne diseases. This follows an international appeal by the United Nations to intensify efforts to reduce the transmission of cholera and provide support to Haitians most affected by the disease.