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2010 Dec 07 Logistics Minutes and Situation Report

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Here I share highlights which I think may be of interest to MPHISE.  I encourage you to download your own copy of the PDF since there’s lots more content there.

2010 Nov 30 Logistics Minutes and Sitrep

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Sitrep = Situation Report

• Sitrep 2010 Nov 30 Logistics Minutes PDF
o Here I share highlights for MPHISE. I encourage you to download your own copy of the PDF since there’s lots more content there.
o As usual there are many actors in the medical rescue area who have supplies to bring into Haiti, and some of those actors are new to the topic of navigating what may be the most difficult border in the world to transport cargo across. The logistics cluster focuses on helping NGOs deal with that topic, also other transportation, security, warehousing. However, I believe that managing cargo across international borders is a job for professionals in that area.
o I advise all volunteer organizations, which are working in Haiti, to make sure they are registered with the relevant UN clusters, and ALSO connected to the relevant professional associations. Relevant to their areas of operation, professions, etc. A huge problem, with Haiti rescue relief recovery, has been an army of well-meaning groups working in almost total isolation from one another.

Notice that there are several ways to bring cargo into Haiti. If your medical supplies have to pay huge import fees to get in, it means your relevant professionals are not using the Logistics Cluster info effectively.

Nov 28 election opportunity to pass out cholera prevention aids

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Thanks to: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

When millions of Haitians head to the polls to vote in this Sunday 28 November election, they will also be handed bars of soap and will have access to information on cholera prevention.

Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) asked the United Nations to help purchase bars of soap to be distributed at the polling stations. In a joint effort, in two days UNDP helped purchase over 2 million bars of soap, and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) produced 24,000 posters on cholera prevention to be placed by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) at polling stations throughout the country.

More info in Relief Web.

Cholera Peaks ?????

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via e-mail to HEAS

Tests of UN personnel for cholera, so far finds none

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How reliable are the tests, of a person who does not show the symptoms, to find out if they have cholera?

What would be the expense of giving those tests to everyone who crosses a border?

How long does it take to get back the test results?

UN claims raise some other questions.

Sitrep 2010 Nov 19 Cholera PAHO WHO 03 PDF

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Here's what I got out of this report, which I think may be of interest to the medical volunteers community:

Proper Dead Body Disposal

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This assumes Haiti has the relevant resources to permit the job being done right there.

Recent History of Cholera Epidemiology in the Americas

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Soufrière Hills Volcano SE of Haiti activity now at a low level, as of Nov-10

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Soufrière Hills Volcano was quite active earlier in 2010, but the intensity of activity now seems to be diminishing.

I do not know if it has anything to do with the earthquake activity in the region, but it may be worth keeping an eye on, just in case.

US State Dept Nov-19 statements on US contributions to solving Haiti Cholera Crisis

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A coordinated response to Haiti Cholera is needed.  I don't think there is anyone who doubts this, except maybe some Haitian conspiracy theorists who think the international community had a hand in Haiti catching the epidemic.

Here is the US State Dept on the USA contributions (thru USAID and CDC) to this coordinated response.

Related Content: Officials Brief on U.S. Strategy for Addressing the Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

We can read the complete transcript here.

Thomas Adams, Special Coordinator for Haiti, gave a special briefing Nov-19 on the U.S. government's response to the cholera outbreak in Haiti. He was joined by Mark Ward, the Acting Director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at USAID, and Dr. Manoj Menon, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

MSF calls on everyone to increase effort to fight cholera epidemic

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Here is MSF Nov-19 appeal on Relief Web.

“MSF is calling on all groups and agencies present in Haiti to step up the size and speed of their efforts to ensure an effective response to the needs of people at risk of cholera infection,” said Stefano Zannini, MSF head of mission in Haiti. “More actors are needed to treat the sick and implement preventative actions, especially as cases increase dramatically across the country. There is no time left for meetings and debate – the time for action is now.”

The following actions must be prioritized:

Map resources

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I plan to periodically add to this collection of Map links, and may insert comments referencing when I made some additions, and what kind, to help people see "net change" v.s the additional stuff. 

(Dates in parentheses are when I last updated relevant sections of my notes.)

I cut & pasted the following from my overall guide to navigating resources on what's happening in Haiti:

Map Center (Nov 06) Humanitarian Haiti

Here is just getting started:

Heads Up for New Volunteers

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This is like a FAQ which other people could add to.

Crowd Sourcing via Ushahidi - an Introduction

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HEAS appears overwhelmed with data on parallel threads, where the info is often of vital importance for a particular geography, but maybe 500 subscribers elsewhere in the nation of Haiti need not see all the detail in places nowhere close to the geography they can serve.

I think the Ushahidi crowd sourcing model makes more sense than e-mail. Provided geographic coordinates can be provided from the beginning (community, street, GPS, Haiti location system), an incident is rapidly opened regarding nature of perceived situation (suspected cholera, confirmed cholera, medical facilities lacking sufficient personnel), what info is known so far about the patients, what info other people seek to know.  With Ushahidi, people can subscribe to info in a geographic area, disregard rest of nation, they can subscribe to particular kinds of incidents.

In theory, people can post against an incident via e-mail, internet, a variety of means of connecting, and people can receive updates similarly by choice of methodologies.

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