2011-2012 Albendazol Distribution Reports

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The International Action team is currently working on releasing a report on its 2011-2012 Albendalzol distribution efforts. Here’s a quick glance of our numbers!

Thanks to our 2011 partnership, a total of 66 schools received aid in all regions of Haiti. Totaling 200,000 pills for 2011.

2012’s cooperation with 13 different local committees and organizations led to the distribution of 413,400 pills.

Bringing our total sum for 2011-2012 at just over half a million! Our deworming campaign’s final number stands at 613,400 pills which were successfully administered and distributed to both children and adults throughout Haiti.

International Action would like to thank all of its partner organizations and community organizers for making our Albendazol distribution a success!

Stay tuned for our full report on our site: http://www.haitiwater.org

“Clean Water a Priority”

Clean water is recognized as the top priority in saving lives and preventing diseases in Haiti following the earthquake by leading disaster response and humanitarian aid organizations, including the Red Cross, Mercy Corps, and UNICEF. A recent report by Public Radio International states that in the absence of potable water, there is a danger that earthquake survivors will resort to drinking water sources contaminated by human waste, garbage, or industrial byproducts. According to the World Health Organization, before the earthquake, only 58% of the Caribbean nation’s population had sustainable access to improved drinking water supplies. In addition to having an extremely limited service and distribution reach, the public water infrastructure network suffered extensive damage during the quake.

In addition, as a result of massive destruction and displacement, tens of thousands of people have gathered in makeshift displaced persons camps and “tent cities.” In such crowded conditions without access to clean water and sanitation, hygiene levels plummet, allowing diseases to spread rampant with often times fatal consequences.

As mentioned in a previous post, besides fixing damaged chlorination units, we also have been working to provide water to those without access. While it will take time to repair public water cisterns that were damaged in the quake, Dalebrun Esther, our Haiti Director, has been negotiating with owners of private reservoirs. In exchange for allowing neighbors to use water from their reservoirs, Dalebrun is filling up these water storage systems with chlorinated, tankered water. Each tank can hold 3,000 gallons and can make 5 trips a day. We are renting up to 10 tankers a day, providing water to as many Haitians in Port-au-Prince as possible.

New pictures of our Haiti Director Dalebrun Esther delivering water in Haiti are displayed below. Right now our priority is to send as much clean water and supplies to alleviate their pain.

If you are able to help in any way please contact us immediately.

Medical Aid Desperately Needed

As Port-au-Prince remains in a state of emergency, not much is sure about Haiti’s current or future circumstance. What is certain is the death toll. Over 150,000 people inside Haiti were killed and another 600,000 Haitians are displaced. Abandoned without food, water, or shelter, many Haitians are left with no resources to provide their families with. More civilians are being left out on the streets each day with need for medical care. As the injuries and deaths increase, pressures on the non-existent infrastructure are escalating. The establishment of small rural clinics near the capitol and other remote areas is taking place, but it is not sufficient enough.
Lauren Derby, a UCLA history professor, visited Haiti and reported the pleas she received from one Haitian to “get him out of one of the clinics so he could receive the surgery he needed.”

The problem that persists is the fact that these clinics and hospitals are so ill-equipped that they do not have the morphine or trauma specialists needed to undergo the 60 daily amputations that are being performed.

The situation is beginning to spread. In the Dominican Republic, many smaller clinics are being established. After the earthquake, many vehicles were sent to Haiti from the Dominican Republic to transport them to different facilities. While tensions over the years have heightened between the two countries that share the island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic has increasingly taken an active role over the weeks to opening their doors to their tragedy-stricken neighbors.

Because of high population density in many refugee camps, the spread of diseases is imminent. World Health Organization, Paul Garwood, explains the growing number of diarrhoea cases, as well as measles and tetanus cases. Poor sanitation is affecting every aspect of rebuilding. Many doctors and nurses are working out of damaged hospitals with less than adequate supplies. Moreover, this urgency is competing with a need of transporting food and water into the area.

While a tumultuous wave has swept the lower class leaving them in devastation, the middle-class is struck just as hard. Normally, concrete buildings are built and prepared with sand. In Haiti’s case, most of their concrete buildings were prepared with dirt. For this reason, many of the buildings the middle class reside in simply “buckled.” Giving these people the tools to rebuild their lives seems nearly impossible as of now, especially when such a large population is affected.

Right now our priority is to send as much clean water and supplies to alleviate their pain. If you are able to help in any way please contact us immediately.

A local Haitian group is delivering water to 200,000 Haitians each day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington D.C. January 26, 2010 – After the Earthquake two weeks ago, a local Haitian group developed a system in which they are helping to deliver water to Haitians. Haitians are helping Haitians. The Haitian group Dlo Pwop (clean water in creole) is affiliated with International Action. Dlo Pwop/International Action supplies 200,000 Haitians with one gallon of clean water each day.

This local Haitian group located water storage tanks which are undamaged and able to hold at least 1600 gallons each. The local group is now paying local water truckers to fill storage tanks and to deliver drinkable water directly to the population in the poorest parts of Port-au-Prince.

Dlo Pwop/International Action is adding chlorine to each truckload of water. Each truck holds 3000 gallons of water and can make 5 trips a day to many parts of the city.

So far, Dlo Pwop/International Action has been renting 10 trucks each day and plans on renting still more as roads are cleared of earthquake debris.

Since May of 2006 until before the quake, Dlo Pwop/International Action had installed chlorinators on 140 water tanks in Port-au-Prince. From these tanks the group then supplied drinkable water on a daily basis to pre-earthquake 400,000 Haitians.

In the first three days after the quake, Dalebrun Esther, the director of Dlo Pwop, supplied 20,000 gallons of water to the poorest neighborhoods using the group’s small tank truck. Now he devotes his time to recruiting commercial truckers who normally haul water to wealthy neighborhoods where residents pay high sums for water. In this critical time, International Action is funding these high priced truckers to redirect them to poor neighborhoods and the Haitian staff is adding chlorine for safety.

International Action is developing a plan for rebuilding at least 23 water tanks damaged by the quake and for adding water tanks in those neighborhoods currently without water tanks. This effort will reach 2 million residents in a period of 5 years.

More funding and more support from CAMEP – the city’s water agency – and even help from the US military now in Haiti could speed up the schedule. Groups that want to cooperate can reach International Action at info@HaitiWater.org or 202-488-0735. Staff are Lindsay Mattison, Youngmin Chang and Jeffrey Sejour (Jeff speaks Creole). In Haiti, call Dalebrun Esther at (509) 554-5549 and (509) 3712-6918. Chlorinatos are made by Norweco at Norwalk, OH and chlorine tablets are made by Arch Chemicals at Norwalk, CT. Donations can be made through International Action’s website, www.HaitiWater.org.

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Holy Cross Donation Proceeds

Good news from Wesley Laîné, former International Action intern: Thanks to Wesley’s lobbying, the College of the Holy Cross has begun a fund-raising effort to support the people of Haiti. The group has agreed to split proceeds between International Action and Yéle Haiti. Student leaders estimate they will raise up to $10,000, which College President Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., has agreed to match.
http://www.holycross.edu/publicaffairs/features/2009-2010/haiti_relief_efforts

Message from Aaron Nelson, on the ground in Haiti

Good morning my friend,
How are you doing? We are doing okay down here in Haiti. I still have not been to Les Cayes to visit the kids yet but I did send some supplies and monies for them. I am actually in Carrefour, we already treated 300 patients since Tuesday. Hundreds of thousands of survivors of the earthquake are living in makeshifts tents or on blankets, plastic sheets in 90 degree sun. Yesterday a lot of vibration intensified into side to side shaking that lasted a few seconds. I used to live in California so earthquake don’t really scare me but trust me it is a different feeling down here.

More than 20,000 people are looking for boats to carry them down the coast. In Leogane where Ps. Milien has a church of 500 members and a school for more than a 1000 kids are all gone. Homeless lived under sheets draped across tree branches.

According to the latest Official reports: 200 000 estimated death toll. more than 80,000 buried in mass graves. More than 200,000 new orphans. Homeless raised from 1.5 million to 2 million. 250,000 need urgent Aid. It’s like working in a war situation said Rosa Crestani of Doctors Without Borders. Some places they don’t even have morphine to manage pain. 3 million are affected 2 million of them need food for at least for 6 months.

When you drive down the streets, the stench of the lingering dead, and the tears and up stretched hands of helpless Haitians made clear that the country”s tragedy will continue for months and years as this poor land counts and remembers its losses.

A woman in the streets raised her arms to the sky and spoke for 4 million: “Lord have mercy for we are sinners! she shouted. Please have mercy on Haiti.”

I will be back in Orlando on Tuesday. It is hard send the pictures so I will do that once I get back.

Aaron Nelson