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Campbell, Dan

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New HWTS Member - Household Water Treatment Google Group:

  • Stella Hartinger,  I am a student at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and would like to join your group. i am working in my PhD integrated home based environmental health interventions, including HWT.

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Cholera – Cameroon

Posted in Cholera by envhealth@usaid on November 12, 2010 Edit This

11 Nov 2010 - Close to 10,000 cases have been reported, with 597 deaths in the country as at 8 Nov 2010. The situation of the current cholera epidemic continues to raise fears in the country. The recent outbreak is one of the most severe in decades. Over the past 2 days, new cases have been reported in the Far North Region. According to reports from the Department of Disease Control in the Ministry of Public Health, a total of 9395 cases of cholera have been registered all over the country with 597 deaths, giving an average death rate of 6.35 per cent.


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PAHO Blog on the Haiti Emergency

Posted in Cholera by envhealth@usaid on November 12, 2010 Edit This

  • Cholera Patients in Port-au-Prince Get Outstanding Care
  • Reaching Out Through the Radio Waves
  • Efforts to Stop the Spread of Cholera in Port-au-Prince
  • Other Updates
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PAHO – EOC SITUATION REPORT #13 Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

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Nov 12, 2010 – EOC SITUATION REPORT #13 Cholera Outbreak in Haiti


  • Cholera continues to spread throughout Haiti. This trend is expected to continue in the forthcoming weeks. Outbreaks in remote areas are of special concern because there are fewer resources there to treat cases and implement prevention measures. Health Cluster partners are tracking these outbreaks to help guide deployments of human and material resources.
  • The government and its partners are in the process of setting up 10 new cholera treatment centers (for severe cases), each with capacity of 100 to 400 beds, and have strengthened hospitals with triage units. Eight cholera treatment centers— with capacity of more than 1,000 beds— are operational in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas, in addition to 14 public and private hospitals with 10-50 cholera beds each.
  • Most cholera cases should be treated outside health facilities, or in lower-level facilities, with oral rehydration salts. Prevention messages, ORS and chlorine tablets are being distributed in both urban and rural areas by health partners.
  • The Ministère de la Sante Publique et de la Population (MSPP) reported that, as of November 9, the cumulative number of hospital admissions and deaths due to cholera was 11,125 and 724, respectively in six departments. In Port-au-Prince the cumulative number of hospital admissions and deaths due to cholera were 278 and 10, respectively.

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Some 200,000 at risk of cholera in Haiti, U.N. says

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Nov 12, 2010 – Reuters  Up to 200,000 Haitians could contract cholera as the outbreak which has already killed 800 is set to spread across the battered Caribbean nation of nearly 10 million, the United Nations said on Friday.

That would be double the 100,000 cases during a huge cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe between August 2008 and July 2009, which killed 4,287 people. The U.N. forecast of the number of cases in Haiti was based partly on the Zimbabwe toll.


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Why Haiti’s cholera epidemic may last for years

Posted in Cholera by envhealth@usaid on November 12, 2010 Edit This

Tent cities in Haiti combine with existing poor conditions to give cholera exactly the conditions it needs to flourish – The Guardian, Nov. 11, 2010.

Cholera is caused by a water-borne bacterium called Vibrio cholerae. According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the strain causing deaths in Haiti came from south Asia, either in contaminated water or food, or through the arrival of an infected person.

The disease can travel the globe in this way and causes little trouble where water, sanitation and hygiene control are in good shape. But it came to Haiti at a time when the island was desperately vulnerable.

Crowded conditions, poverty and poor sanitation were already the norm in parts of Haiti, but the earthquake gave cholera exactly the conditions in which it can flourish, with people forced to live in tent cities, taking their water from the same rivers where others wash and defecate.

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Environmental Health at USAID
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