Here is a simple overview of the cholera epidemic in Haiti:
The rapid spread of the cholera bacteria in Haiti has been devastating for its communities. Cholera spreads through contaminated food, water, and fecal matter. Victims of Cholera experience symptoms between two hours and five days after exposure to the bacteria. The illness drains the body of fluids, killing a person in only a few hours. According to the World Health Organization, 80% of Cholera cases can be cured if treated early. The population of Haiti is approximately 10 million and an estimated eight million do not have access to clean water. International Action is trying to decrease this figure, by providing chlorinators which purify the water and kill the bacteria. In providing clean and safe water for communities, we are able to contribute to the efforts of completely eradicating Haiti of cholera.
Alexis N. Davis
International Action Intern