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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.

Thank you in advance for your work during the difficult days ahead

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I want to thank all of you that are working with us in the Haiti MPHISE to save the people of Haiti for infection and possible premature death due to cholera.  Your work and your humanity is inspiring.  The days and weeks ahead are going to be difficult with rising infections and deaths until the epidemic peaks and begins to decline.  We hope that the decline in cases will start soon with the change of weather after the rainy season.  

Please be gentle and patient with each other as much as possible in the days ahead.  As we get tired and frustrated by what we may perceive as deaths due to ignorance, indifference, incompetence, systemic failures, or institutional bureaucracy, it will be too easy to blame obvious targets.  Our goal instead is to identify mission critical gaps and addressable tasks where we can make a definitive positive difference. In the focus, agility, and convergence of our efforts we have great power when we achieve a unity of effort.

In this unity of effort, we have to tell the truth to uncover what needs fixing, but we can do this through the Haiti MPHISE in a way that includes every person and every institution in being part of the solution.  Time is too short and too many lives are on the line for us to allow any one person or any one institution to be labelled as part of the problem, when they may if inspired work with us to save lives and turn the current situation in Haiti around.  That said, we have to be acutely aware of our priorities to save every life we can and to protect every person and their communities from cholera infection, when possible.  That will require attention to helping those first that are already able and willing to be part of the solution.

Again, thank you for all that you are doing.  You are a great inspiration to all of us. 

Michael D. McDonald, Dr.P.H. 

Director, Center for Health Security and Infrastructure 

University of Maryland, School of Public Health


Global Health Initiatives, Inc.



Haiti Resilience System


Haiti Epidemic Advisory System

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