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Cholera Outbreak in Haiti – Situation Update No 07

Posted in Cholera by envhealth@usaid on November 23, 2010

Source: Logistics Cluster, Date: 20 Nov 2010

Full-report: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/MCOI-8BGKFS/$File/full_report.pdf

Situation Update

  • All ten Départements in Haiti are now affected by the cholera.
  • Artibonite remains the worst affected Département, where more than 650 out of 1,186 cholera deaths have been recorded.
  • The Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP) reports that 19,646 people have been hospitalised since the outbreak. Altogether 49,418 people have sought medical attention to date.
  • The number of recorded cholera cases also increased in Port- ‐au- ‐Prince, especially in Cité Soleil, an extremely impoverished and densely populated commune west of the capital, as well as in Port- ‐au- ‐Prince’s largest prison, where 30 inmates have been infected. Altogether 46 deaths have been reported in the Port- ‐au- ‐Prince metropolitan area.
  • The security situation in the country is deteriorating. Civil unrest in Cap Haitien and Hinche this week has hindered the humanitarian response in these areas. The persisting incidents have resulted in movement restrictions in and around Cap Haitien and Hinche. Both towns are currently not accessible.
  • Some of the violent demonstrations are reportedly in regards to the presidential and parliamentary elections due on 28 November 2010.
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VOA Editorial – Strategy For Cholera In Haiti

Posted in Cholera by envhealth@usaid on November 23, 2010

Nov 22, 2010 – USAID’s Office of Disaster Assistance has provided about $9 million dollars to meet the crisis.

The cholera outbreak in Haiti poses many challenges, said U.S. State Department Special Coordinator for Haiti,Tom Adams. Poor sanitation is a major cause of the outbreak. “Also the fact that for at least 50 years, and perhaps as long as 100 years, Haiti has not had any cholera so there are no immunities amongst the population,” Mr. Adams noted. In addition, the current strain of cholera appears to be more virulent than normal strains.

Mark Ward, Acting Director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the United States Agency for International Development [USAID] expressed confidence in efforts by the Haitian government to treat the disease and check its spread. Mr. Ward praised the work of Haiti’s medical professionals who are working around the clock to fight the deadly disease. USAID’s Office of Disaster Assistance has provided about $9 million dollars to meet the crisis.

“Our strategy right now is focused very much on prevention,” said Mr. Ward. The U.S., said Mr. Ward, will work closely with Haitian authorities and non-governmental organizations to provide facilities, especially to those in remote areas.

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Zambia – cholera outbreak in Lusaka city

Posted in Cholera by envhealth@usaid on November 23, 2010

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), 23 Nov 2010

Full_Report: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/JALR-8BGJEH/$File/full_report.pdf (pdf* format – 300.5 Kbytes)

The IFRC allocated additional DREF of CHF 63,701 (USD 59,747 or EUR 44,272) to enhance ZRCS capacity to respond to a cholera outbreak in Lusaka city, by delivering assistance to 15,000 people (3,000 families).
As a result of the flooding in Lusaka, the number of reported cholera cases increased to a cumulative total 3,381 cases and 87 deaths with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 2.62 by April 2010. Despite ZRCS response efforts, the poor water supply system and inadequate sanitation facilities significantly contributed to the upsurge of cholera cases.

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WHO Water/Sanitation Technical Notes for Emergencies

Posted in Acute Watery Diarrhea, Cholera, Diarrhea, Dysentery by envhealth@usaid on November 23, 2010
 

Dan Campbell, Web Manager
Environmental Health at USAID
1611 North Kent St., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22209
Ph: 703-247-8722
Email: dcam...@usaid.gov  
Environmental Health at USAID: http://www.ehproject.org
Twitter:
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Indoor Air Pollution Updates: http://iapnews.wordpress.com
Sanitation Updates: http://sanitationupdates.wordpress.com
Urban Health Updates: http://urbanhealthupdates.wordpress.com
Cholera Google Group:
http://groups.google.com/group/cholera-control
Household Water Treatment Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/household-water-treatment

 

 
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