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Cholera Still a Problem For Haiti

Cholera epidemic in Haiti showing no signs of letting up

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about the presence of cholera in Haiti, and how the disease is not only still prevalent despite predictions that it should be subsiding, but also likely to get worse as the summer rainy season sets in. Now Mid July, signs are suggesting that this new prediction is likely to be a correct one.

Richard Knox of NPR recently wrote an article in which he reports on the cholera epidemic in Haiti. He mentions that according to the Haitian health ministry, between April and June there have been a total of 86,000 new cholera cases, or one-fourth of the total number of cases that have appeared since the outbreak began last fall.

As the disease continues to spread it is placing more and more strain on the aid organizations with operations in Haiti. In June, Partners In Health (PIH), an organization that provides health services to people in poor countries, dealt with over 14,000 cases of cholera at its clinics in Haiti, up from just under 4,000 in April.

(Check out this report generated by the CDC to get more information about the cholera epidemic in Haiti).

To make matters worse, as the case count continues to rise, the funds available for treating the epidemic are dwindling. PIH has been one of the most active non-profits in Haiti both before and after the earthquake hit last year, but it is being stretched to its limits with trying to keep the cholera outbreak at bay.

In a conversation between Cate Oswald, PIH’s Haiti-based coordinator for community health, and NPR’s health blog Shots, Cate talks about the challenges her organization faces: “We have a smaller pool of people responding and similar caseloads to what we were seeing the later part of last year […] So we’re working double-and triple-time with very limited resources. We’re quickly going through dedicated cholera funds”.

Information Sourced from: Partners in Health and NPR Shots

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