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Haiti Sees Rise in Cholera Cases; 200,000 Could Contract Disease in 2012


Patients with cholera await treatment in Haiti following the earthquake (UN Photo/Sophia Paris)

By the Caribbean Journal staff - - April 4, 2012

Haiti has seen an increase in cholera cases in three departments, confirming predictions of higher incidence of the disease with the arrival of the rainy season, according to the monthly Haiti Humanitarian Bulletin published by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

There was an increase in cholera cases reported by the Health Cluster in the Artibonite, Nord-Ouest and Ouest departments, according to the report. In the beginning of March, the Ministry of Public Health reported 77 daily new cases in Haiti. According to PAHO estimates, some 200,000 additional people could contract cholera in Haiti in 2012.


Youthaiti - Cholera Training

submitted by Gigi Pomerantz

We've got a cholera training planned for april 11 - 14.  Will train 40 CHWs in cholera prevention, identification, treatment and composting toilets.

less money for building toilets....but hopefully more prevention, and teaching people to use buckets in the home...  Jean Lucho will teach that part, and Whistler St Louis who works with Judy (a 5th year med student) will teach the 'clinical' part.


If there are others that want to join us, they should contact Gilles Dorvil, 3637-4142 to coordinate.

Global Failures on a Haitian Epidemic


A child played and a woman washed clothes at the river tributary in Meille that is believed to be the source of the cholera epidemic.  Damon Winter / The New York Times

by Deborah Sontag - The New York Times - March 31, 2012

[The following quotes are excerpts from this important 9 page article.]

. . . "And, as the deaths and continuing caseload indicate, the world’s response to this preventable, treatable scourge has proved inadequate. Cholera, never before recorded in Haiti, stayed one step ahead of the authorities as they shifted gears from the earthquake recovery. While eventually effective in reducing the fatality rate, the response was slow to get fully under way, conservative and insufficiently sustained." - [from page 1] . . .

. . . Those who now find the official response sluggish — “daily” epidemic surveillance is posted after a delay of weeks — point to what happened recently in Pestel in southwest Haiti.

On Dec. 10, a severely dehydrated man showed up at the cholera treatment unit. The man was too far gone to be resuscitated, said Dr. Seneque Philippe, the physician in charge.

Haiti-Cholera: The Epidemic Returns in Artibonite - At Least Seven Dead

submitted by Michael Kleeman

Correspondence Mergenat Exalus - - March 30, 2012

(Per Google translation - French to English)

Gonaives, March 29, 2012 [AlterPresse] --- As soon as the rainy season began, the department of Artibonite (North) Sprouts of infections and deaths from cholera, according to information gathered by the agency AlterPresse online.

In many rural sections of the upper and lower Artibonite, including Tree 1st communal section of Anse-Rouge, jolting Lacroix sixth communal section of Dessalines and Petite Riviere de l'Artibonite new cases of cholera have been reported.

Five deaths and forty people were reported infected in the past 3 weeks in the locality Savane Ragee, located in the Tree Section 1st communal Anse-Rouge in the upper Artibonite, according to the mayor of this town, Dr. Celareste Honorat and a source close to the health section of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Gonaives.

According to the mayor, interviewed by AlterPresse, one of the factors behind this rise of the epidemic in Anse-Rouge is the first serious problem of lack of access to safe water and sanitation which are facing the residents of this rural section.

Mobile Medical Clinics - Two Woburn Ambulance Company Executives Offering Help in Haiti

One of the mobile units that will be put to use in Haiti. - March 28, 2012

Woburn, MA - Two executives from Woburn-based LifeLine Ambulance Service ( headed for Milot, Haiti, on Sunday, March 25, to work with the island's community health workers and help them improve their emergency health care system.

Brian J. Connor of Arlington, who is the president and CEO of LifeLine Ambulance Service, along with Ted White of Pepperell, vice president of clinical services and education, will spend a week at the Hospital Sacre Coeur in Milot, Haiti.  Connor and White will consult and conduct training on pre-hospital care and emergency medicine to over 65 attendees consisting of doctors, nurses and Community Health Volunteer Workers from the northern section of Haiti.

UN Says Haiti Quake Victims at Risk Over Donor Deficit


Many earthquake survivors are still living in tents.  Reuters

BBC News - March 27, 2012

The United Nations in Haiti has warned that hundreds of thousands of quake victims are at risk due to an aid shortfall.

The UN humanitarian coordinator, Nigel Fisher, says the lack of money has led to reduced services in camps for those displaced by the earthquake in 2010.

Mr Fisher said donors had provided half the aid requested by Haiti last year.

He said this underfunding threatened the victims' "very existence" and could reverse steps taken to combat cholera.


Global Health: A Story Rarely Told

by Stefanie Friedhoff - Harvard's Nieman Watchdog - March 22, 2012

Last fall I pitched a story to a few colleagues at U.S. news organizations. I thought it would make a great investigative piece. The pitch started like this:

"Almost two years after the devastating earthquake, Haiti is home to the largest cholera epidemic in the world. Cholera is a disease that can be prevented and treated easily—yet over 6,000 Haitians have died of it within the past year and over 450,000 have fallen ill. In the aftermath of a disaster, outbreaks of water-borne infectious diseases are typical but the inadequate response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti is shocking."

My pitch didn't succeed for a variety of reasons.


Video - The Story of Cholera: Haitian Creole

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Global Health Media Project - Yoni Goodman

This film makes visible the invisible cholera germs as a young boy shows how to help the sick and guides his village in preventing the spread of cholera.

For Mobile Phones:

To download The Story of Cholera (Haitian Creole narration) for mobile phones: Go to the Global Health Media Project website by CLICKING HERE.

Video - The Story of Cholera: Andeyo Version

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Global Health Media Project - Yoni Goodman

This film makes visible the invisible cholera germs as a young boy shows how to help the sick and guides his village in preventing the spread of cholera.

For Mobile Phones:

To download The Story of Cholera (Haitian Creole narration, Andeyo version) for mobile phones: Go to the Global Health Media Project website by CLICKING HERE.

To Prevent the Spread of an Invisible Killer, Global Health Media Project Animation Makes Cholera Visible

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WAITSFIELD, Vt., Dec 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Global Health Media Project has collaborated with award-winning animator Yoni Goodman to produce The Story of Cholera. Developed in response to the devastating cholera epidemic that began in Haiti a year ago, the animation will help affected populations around the world better understand cholera and how to prevent it from spreading. The video is available on the web and free of charge to download to mobile devices including iPhones, Android phones, Apple iPads, other tablets and laptop computers.

Click Here - To Download The Story of Cholera for mobile phones


Rains Hit Haiti But Thousands Of Quake Victims Still Live In Tents

submitted by Stuart Leiderman - March 16, 2012

PORT AU PRINCE, March 16 (BERNAMA-NNN-PRENSA LATINA) -- The first rains of the rainy season have hit Haiti where about 500,000 victims of the quake of Jan 2010 are still living in fragile canvas tents.

Several neighborhoods were flooded and some houses were damaged, as a number of canals overflowed, according to a report of the Civil Protection Department.

A storm yesterday triggered concern among the refugees, who had to fill in the holes in their tents with blankets and cardboard.


Infographic - Haiti: Cholera - Funding and Needs (as of 6 December 2011) - OCHA

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Haiti And Dominican Republic Discuss Cholera Strategy - March 13, 2012

PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI, March 13 (BERNAMA- NNN-AGENCIES) -- The Health Ministers of Haiti and the Dominican Republic met on Monday to discuss epidemiological control strategies, mainly related to the cholera epidemic affecting both nations.

Objectives of the meeting include the identification of public health-related priority issues, plans to mobilise technical and human resources and the drafting of a road map to put cholera under control, said an official communique.


As Cholera Season Bears Down On Haiti, Vaccination Program Stalls


John Poole/NPR - Thousands of doses of cholera vaccine sit in a refrigerated trailer in a United Nations compound in Saint-Marc, Haiti. Vaccination was supposed to begin last week, but bureaucratic problems have delayed the start. April is the beginning of Haiti's rainy season, which will likely intensify Haiti's cholera outbreak.

by Richard Knox - - March 13, 2012

The vaccine — $417,000 worth of it — is stacked high in refrigerated containers to protect it from the Haitian heat.

And 100,000 eager Haitians, from the teeming slums of Port-au-Prince to tiny hamlets in Haiti's rice bowl, have signed up to get the vaccine.

But everything is on hold.


Temporary Toilets Threaten Permanent Damage in Haiti – Part 2


Gérald Saintilimé and Gary Mathieu digging a septic pit at the Tabarre Issa camp.
Credit:Fritznelson Fortuné

by Correspondents* -

At the Tabarre Issa camp – built by the Irish humanitarian organisation Concern Worldwide for a total cost of over three million dollars – the complaints centre not on the new 5,000-dollar "transitional shelters" that serve as homes to about 2,500 people. Instead, they target the new-fangled "ecological toilets" inside their homes: one in each of the 534 homes meant to last three years.

"No! I am not used to that sort of thing! No! This is not possible!" said resident Sherline Aldorage about the "UDT" or Urinary Diversion Toilet that came with the two-room home she moved into last year.


Money for Cleaning Toilets in Haiti Down the Drain? – Part 1


Woman at Leogane camp saying the latrines behind her are full and smell foul.
Credit:Haiti Grassroots Watch

by Phares Jerome and Valery Daudier -

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Mar 7, 2012 (IPS/The Nouvelliste) - The drawdown of hundreds of non-governmental organisations which have been in Haiti since the disastrous 2010 earthquake was inevitable. But with their departure, so too goes their purse and the millions earmarked for cleaning latrines.

What does that mean for the half a million displaced still living in camps?


Study Abroad Field Trip Brings Clean Water to Haiti

        - March 9, 2012

As news of the earthquake that devastated Haiti grabbed the world’s attention in 2010, a group of Texas A&M University undergraduate and graduate students received an urgent request for help.

They were ready.

The group had been meeting every Friday with civil engineering professor Bryan Boulanger and an interdisciplinary team of faculty and staff (including Stephen Carpenter, Oscar Munoz and Cory Arcak) to research and create appropriate technology-based ceramic water filters ― a low-tech solution to the local and global potable water crisis. The team, known as the Texas A&M Water Project, had been troubleshooting techniques with the support of FilterPure, a nonprofit organization based out of the Dominican Republic and Haiti committed to providing safe drinking water to at-risk populations.

Orland Park Nurse Developing Health Curriculum for Haiti Schools

Donna Rehm, a nurse at High Point School, shows off a language translator on her phone which she used while in Haiti, while talking about her trip at the school in Orland Park, Il on Friday March 2, 2012. She was helping to develop a health curriculum in the schools there. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

by Donna Vickroy - - March 9, 2012

Donna Rehm quickly learned that one person may not be able to directly help a country full of poor, malnourished people. But through education, one person can help all of those people help themselves.

Rehm, team leader of nursing services for Orland School District 135 and a nurse at High Point School in Orland Park, recently spent four days in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, gathering information for a disease-prevention health curriculum project, organized by the American Federation of Teachers.

“This curriculum is something I can give the Haitians that is more valuable than a dollar here or a dollar there,” she said.

Transparency Graphic - Fading Aid - How Much of the Haiti Donations Have Been Spent?

submitted by Albert Gomez

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Clinton - What “Really Caused” the Cholera Outbreak was the Country’s Lack of Proper Sanitation


Clinton toured a brand-new public teaching hospital in Haiti. | AP Photo

by Associated Press - March 7, 2012

MIREBALAIS, Haiti — Former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday that a U.N. peacekeeper was responsible for bringing cholera to Haiti but may not have known that he was doing so, and efforts need to focus on stemming the outbreak.

Clinton was asked after a hospital tour if he agreed with a statement by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, about holding accountable those who brought cholera to Haiti. Studies have suggested that peacekeepers from Nepal likely introduced the disease for the first time, months after the January 2010 earthquake.


Video - Haiti - U.N. Security Council Meeting - 08 March 2012

Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (S/2012/128 )

Running time: 03:04:49

  • Video - Global Progress Made on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - U.N. Press Conference 08 March 2012

    Event to take stock of global progress made on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the recent milestones achieved on poverty and water, and to chart the way forward focusing on remaining challenges and actions to be taken to accelerate progress in the run-up to 2015.

    WHO Press Release on Water: Millennium Development Goal drinking water target met

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    Sanitation target still lagging far behind

    Joint news release: UNICEF/WHO

    The world has met the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water, well in advance of the MDG 2015 deadline, according to a report issued today by UNICEF and WHO. Between 1990 and 2010, over two billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources, such as piped supplies and protected wells.

    Video - Ecological Sanitation in Haiti, by, 2010 and 2011

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    submitted by Gigi Pomerantz

    Judy asked me to post instructions on bucket composting toilets.  Many Haitians I have spoken to are interested, especially in remote rural areas.

    You take a 5 gallon bucket with a cover (and no holes!). You put some kind of seat on it - I use a regular toilet seat, but you can put it under a chair with a hole, or build a bench or box.  You place 2 inches of mulch material in the bottom of the bucket - dried leaves, cane bagass, wood shavings, etc.  I use cocoa bean mulch her in Wisconsin and it smells lovely!  Each time you use it you place another cup full of mulch.  When the bucket is full, you cover it and dump it in a well-constructed compost pile in the yard, at least 10 meters from the kitchen.

    The Global Burden of Cholera


    Volume 90, Number 3, March 2012, 157-244

    Mohammad Ali, Anna Lena Lopez, Young Ae You, Young Eun Kim, Binod Sah, Brian Maskery & John Clemens


    To estimate the global burden of cholera using population-based incidence data and reports.

    Reinforcing Cholera Intervention Through Prediction-Aided Prevention


    (Submitted: 15 June 2011 – Revised version received: 27 September 2011 – Accepted: 05 October 2011 – Published online: 20 January 2012.)

    Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2012;90:243-244. doi: 10.2471/BLT.11.092189

    Global Cholera Infection 10 Times Worse Than Official Numbers - PANA - March 3, 2012

    Lagos, Nigeria - A newly-published study estimates that around 3 million people are infected with cholera every year, out of which about 100,000 die from the disease, more than ten times higher than the official number reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). The study, published this month in the Bulletin of the WHO and made available to PANA here, shows that about 1.4 billion people live in places where they are at risk of cholera infection.


    Disease Sleuths Surf For Outbreaks Online

    Source: NPR - Credit: Adam Cole, Maggie Starbard

    by Adam Cole - - February 24, 2012

    . . . "Surveillance is one of the cornerstones of public health," says Philip Polgreen, an epidemiologist at the University of Iowa. "It all depends on having not only accurate data, but timely data."

    Public health officials have been trying to speed up their responses to disease outbreaks since, well, they started responding to outbreaks.

    There's still plenty of room for improvement.

    The current system requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to compile reports about from physicians and labs all over the country — and that can take a while. There's typically a week-long delay between an outbreak and the release of an official report.

    To get an early read on things, epidemiologists look for the first clues of illness — a rise in thermometer sales or increased chatter on hospital phone lines. Now, they're tapping into the Internet. . . .

  • Study Abroad: Students Take Data on Cholera Epidemic in Northern Haiti


    Seen above are Geneseo students in Haiti during their winter intersession service trip. The students worked in mobile health care units and took raw data to use for analysis of the cholera epidemic.  Wes Kennison

    by Katherine Woods - - February 23, 2012

    This past winter intersession, the motley crew of a Latin professor, five biology majors, an anthropology professor and a Geneseo alumnus spent their time in Haiti making a difference – one that most students only dream about.

    Pioneering the first service-learning trip to Haiti from Jan. 3 to 13 were biology majors juniors Mike Mattiucci, Stephanie Kelly, Tyler Schwab, and Grace Trompeter, senior Hayley Martin and class of 2011 alumnus Phara Souffrant. Accompanying them were Latin professor Wes Kennison and anthropology professor Rosemarie Chierici.

    Two years ago, members of the e-board of the Geneseo Community Health Alliance approached Kennison about a potential Haiti service-learning trip due largely to their interest in the cholera epidemic.

    High-Tech Tea Tags Transform Dirty Water


    A nanofiber filtering tea bag before and after use.  Hope Project/Stellenbosch University Water Institute

    by Eleanor Bell - ABC - - February 28, 2012

    South African scientists have developed a high-tech tea bag-like filter that fits into the neck of a bottle and turns polluted water clean as you drink from it.

    While it may look like an ordinary tea bag, the small sachet could deliver clean water to hundreds of millions of people in Africa.

    Instead of tea leaves, the tea bag-like sack is filled with active carbon granules that can remove harmful chemicals.

    Stellenbosch University's Professor Eugene Cloete says the filter is easy to use in an every day setting.


    Water Institute - Stellenbosch University - Teabag Water Filter: The Way Forward

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