Since August, Plan has started the mid-term hygiene promotion and prevention phase, complemented with the nutrition at school level component. All ORPs (Oral Rehydration Points) and UTCs (Units for Treatment of Cholera) have been handed over to the Haitian Ministry of Health, while our focus is shifting towards community lead total sanitation (CLTS) and nutrition.
In the case of CLTS, between August 2011 and December 2012 Plan will work in 78 schools in the 3 areas of work (North East, West and South East departments), developing a hygiene promotion training package, facilitating the access to water and sanitation facilities (water points, latrines and hand washing stations) and the management of solid waste. For this component, Plan is working very closely with DINEPA (governmental office for water and sanitation). The main funding for this process will be provided by UNICEF and Irish Aid.
As for nutrition at the school level, this component also started in August 2011 and will last until December 2012. This component aims to improve the nutritional status of at least 10.000 children at 30 schools by a food-based approach (implementation of school gardens and school feeding programs) and will reach an additional of 35.000 children from 70 schools by a supplementary feeding approach (provision of Vitamin A, Iodine and Iron and de-worming). The children and their mothers will also be trained in good nutritional and hygiene practices, in order to strengthen an adequate behavior toward food manipulation and preparation at home. The main funding for this component is also provided by UNICEF and the Canadian National Office.