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USAID is responding to rising humanitarian needs in the Northern Triangle, including working with Global Communities to provide shelter to people affected by the storms in Honduras.
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Key Developments

USAID is responding to rising humanitarian needs in the Northern Triangle, and on April 6, 2021, deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, as their people face recurrent drought, food insecurity, and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)  pandemic. 

The UN released 2021 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs) for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, appealing for $588 million to reach more than 4.4 million people in acute need of humanitarian assistance across the three countries.  In total, the UN estimates that 8.3 million people across El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras require humanitarian assistance, compared to 5.2 million people in need in early 2020. 

The Honduras HRP requests $222 million to reach approximately 1.8 million of the most vulnerable people. The UN also notes increased needs due to chronic poverty and violence, climate vulnerabilities, lack of access to basic services, and ongoing impacts from storms and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.  In Honduras, the estimated number of people in need of assistance increased 115 percent from 2020 to 2021, according to the UN

In Honduras, WHO reported nearly 10,600 new COVID-19 cases from August 10 to 16, the highest weekly case count since the start of the pandemic; an estimated 19 percent of the population in Honduras has received at least one vaccine dose. In response to COVID-19 related needs in the region, USAID/BHA continues to work with partners to conduct essential health and water, sanitation, and hygiene activities, including distributing hygiene kits and personal protective equipment, strengthening community surveillance, and training health care workers on infection prevention and control measures.

Background

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Persistent drought in the dry corridor that stretches across Honduras have significantly reduced crop harvests and worsened  food insecurity among poor families.  In addition,COVID-19 mitigation measures have caused economic weakness and the loss of jobs and livelihoods, further aggravating food insecurity. The Caribbean coastal regions of Honduras are vulnerable  to hurricanes during the Atlantic hurricane season from June to November.  USAID provides emergency food assistance to vulnerable families and also  supports ongoing disaster risk reduction and capacity-building activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: September 20, 2021

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