October 23, 2010
SAINT-MARC, HAITI—Today, International Action met with DINEPA water department officials and UN WASH Cluster partners to strategize a coordinated response to the spreading cholera epidemic. To combat this fatal waterborne disease, International Action plans to supply and install 50 chlorinators and 8 water tanks throughout Artibonite Department, the epicenter of the outbreak. Nine hundred chlorine tablets have also been released by the organization to the Haitian water agency and other NGOs addressing the public health crisis.
As of this morning, the casualty toll stands at 194 deaths and 2,364 Haitians hospitalized. If left untreated, cholera can kill within hours.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the outbreak has reached the Haitian capital, and leading health officials fear that up to 800,000 Haitians in Port-au-Prince will contract cholera over the next 6 months.
Chlorinators and chlorine tablets are readily available in Haiti to any organization operating in cholera-affected areas. Interested parties should email email@example.com or call +1 202.488.0735 in the US. International Action’s Haiti Director Dalebrun Esther can be reached at +509 3712.6918.