MSH Task Force in Haiti Provides Emergency Support to Facilities Hard Hit by Cholera Outbreak

MSH Task Force in Haiti Provides Emergency Support to Facilities Hard Hit by Cholera Outbreak

On Saturday, October 23, a four-member group from the Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité (SDSH) project, led by MSH’s Dr. Patrick Dimanche, conducted an initial on-the-ground assessment and provided support for five local NGO partners---Service and Development Agency (SADA) in Mattheux/West Department, Saint-Paul Health Center in Montrouis/West Department, Pierre Payen Health Center in Pierre Payen/Lower Artibonite Department, Hospital Albert Schweitzer/Lower Artibonite Department, and Claire Heureuse Community Hospital/Upper Artibonite Department---that have cared for over a third of the 2,364 cases reported thus far. Ninety-eight of the reported 208 deaths have occurred in four of these five health facilities.

The three USAID-funded projects managed by MSH in Haiti---SDSH, Leadership, Management, and Sustainability (LMS), and the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) project---are working together to deliver emergency commodities including bed sheets, towels, adult diapers, disposable gloves, oral rehydration salts, IV solution, water treatment tablets, and soap.

MSH and its partner, Pure Water for the World (PWW), are working with the Artibonite Departmental Directorate to identify locations to place lightweight bio-sand water filters to help provide at-risk communities better access to safe water. The water filtration system has been successfully implemented by PWW and the SDSH project for three years.

USAID has provided an additional 70,000 packets of oral rehydration salts. Pamphlets are also being provided to help educate the affected communities.

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Carol Miller
Good Job! What a fantastic team in Haiti, Arlington and Cambridge. Stay safe and be healthy out there!

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