Last Updated: 06/17/2021
Reports from early June show that Haiti is seeing a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, with many hospitals filled to capacity. Officially, the country has seen almost 16,000 cases and 333 related deaths. This number could be much higher, however, because of low testing rates and widespread dismissal of the virus in Haiti. Haiti has not started a vaccination campaign as of June 7 but may be receiving several hundred thousand doses in the next month. Many Haitians are also skeptical of the vaccine, which creates another barrier. The violence in Haiti continues to escalate, with some hospitals considering shutting down because the danger is too great. Kidnappings are rampant, with gangs becoming increasingly bold as the local police lack resources to respond. Masks are required by the government, but large, unmasked events continue to be held.
Compassion child development centers throughout the country have resumed normal on-site activities. They are following strict protocols to keep children and youths safe from the coronavirus. Many centers are working closely with students who are preparing for final evaluations, offering tutoring for those struggling from a difficult, disrupted school year. Partner church workers have been able to deliver over 162,600 food packs and 92,000 hygiene kits and have provided medical assistance to nearly 12,800 people.