Map – Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria: Areas reporting cases of cholera – September 2010
Nov, 11, 2010 – An Update From Bill Clinton on Haiti Reconstruction Efforts (Video) – The Clinton Foundation just posted this video of President Clinton giving an update on Haiti reconstruction efforts.
Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Cholera Inter-Sector Response Strategy for Haiti Nov. 2010 – Dec. 2011
Full_Report: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/MDCS-8B4K6A/$File/full_report.pdf (pdf, 2.9 MB)
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Haiti is now facing one of the most severe outbreaks of cholera that has been seen in the last century. This outbreak is made more complex by the humanitarian situation which resulted from the 12 January earthquake, which killed an estimated 230,000 people and injured 300,000. Nearly 1.5 million people were left homeless and they subsequently moved into spontaneous settlement sites throughout Port-au-Prince and other cities.
The living conditions of the population in Haiti, particularly those in displaced people’s camps, make the country extremely vulnerable to cholera spread. Treating people is also challenging because health workers are inexperienced and the existing health system was weakened by the earthquake. This makes the inter-cluster system – with particular leadership roles for the Health, Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH), Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Logistics clusters – vital in managing response to outbreaks in a way that is both synchronized and collaborative.
Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), Date: 11 Nov 2010
PORT MORESBY, 11 November 2010 (IRIN) – Cholera has spread to the coastal town of Daru in Papua New Guinea (PNG)’s Western Province – close to Australia – claiming 16 lives and hospitalizing hundreds, according to the National Department of Health.
On 11 November, the government confirmed a cholera outbreak in Daru; 300 people have been treated in hospital since the first case was reported there at end-October. The Health Department’s acting secretary, Paul Dopsie, said treated cases were “under control” in Daru and surrounding villages. Additional medical supplies and staff are en route to Daru.
The outbreak has hit a town with no reliable water supply where most of the 20,000 residents use bucket toilets. While the spread of cholera abated earlier this year, authorities fear it has picked up again due to unhygienic conditions in coastal villages and are appealing to affected communities to clean their homes, safely discharge rubbish, boil drinking water and improve hand hygiene.
Since the first cholera case was reported August 2009 in PNG’s Morobe Province on the northern coast, more than 4,351 cases and 83 deaths have been confirmed nationwide – a 2 percent fatality rate – according to the government.
The Ministry of Public Health (MSPP) reports the latest statistics on the cholera epidemic as 643 deaths and 9,971 cases according to data collected up to 8 November. To date, cases have been confirmed in the Artibonite, Centre, Northeast, South and West departments. The MSPP reports that the numbers of reported cases and deaths were the third highest since the start of the outbreak which demonstrates that cholera continues to spread geographically and in magnitude. The government, UN and humanitarian partners continue to increase the response to cholera with water and sanitation (WASH), health, and communications support.
Dan Campbell, Web
Environmental Health at USAID
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