Following our recent announcement of MSH’s involvement in Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts in Haiti, the Devex global development media platform interviewed MSH Chief Operating Officer Paul Auxila for an article about the rising threat of cholera in Haiti.
Mr. Auxila told Devex that cholera “needs to be a priority and approached differently than the international community did last time,” referring to the 2010 Haiti earthquake response.
He urged organizations to focus on “greatest impact” interventions, such as oral rehydration therapy. “Coordination is a big problem, just like it was after the earthquake,” he added. Interventions need to be more synergistic, working toward a “common goal” and not bypassing the Haitian government, he told Devex.
MSH is partnering with the Haitian government to rebuild the health system in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. At the government’s request, MSH has begun an assessment of the health system to make recommendations for ways to make it stronger. MSH will also assist in deployment of health workers to stem the cholera outbreak.