Report from Regions Hit by Cholera in Haiti

Report from Regions Hit by Cholera in Haiti

The Management Sciences for Health Haiti staff continues to work tirelessly alongside local partners to mitigate the cholera outbreak. A sample of today’s work is outlined below.

MSH in the Affected Regions

  • MSH partner, Hospital Claire Heureuse, is dispatching a “battalion” of community health workers throughout the rural areas where many people are dying before reaching health facilities. The community health workers are stocked with megaphones, soap bars, water purification tablets, and oral rehydration sachets. “This was a crucial step for us to take,” said Jean Castel Joseph, the hospital administrator. “More people will be informed and the health workers will be able to distribute ORS [oral rehydration salts] and water purification tablets directly to the communities.” Hospital Claire Heureuse serves a community of 145,000 people in Upper Artibonite.
  • MSH and Pure Water for the World are providing educational sessions for the staff and community workers of the USAID-funded Watershed Initiative for National Natural Environmental Resources, which is working largely with rural communities in the West department and along the Artibonite River, the suspected source of the cholera outbreak.
  • MSH is working with other international NGOs in Artibonite---Partners In Health and PALIH---to coordinate commodity distribution.
  • MSH is also working to respond to the needs of field partners for heavy disinfectants to help dispose of bodies and clean areas where infected patients are being treated. There is already a shortage of such supplies. “We will work with the MOH PROMESS warehouse [Program on Essential Medicine and Supplies], managed by PAHO, to procure these essential products as quickly as possible. Partners are also requesting body bags,” said Dr. Florence Guillaume, Technical Director of the MSH/Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haíïti (SDSH) project.
  • In areas thus far unaffected by the outbreak, where the focus is on prevention, MSH is working closely with the Ministry of Health departmental directorates to assess the need for information tools and commodities. “Information activities have started. MSH and all health sector partner sectors are mobilized,” says Dr. Emmanuel Tinord, MSH Technical Advisor in the North-East.

The MSH/SDSH project is funded by USAID.

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