Friday, November 12, 2010

Haiti: Cholera & Flood: Developments from the threatening hurricane Tomas to the post-flood situation

The BBC's Caribbean coverage has produced some of the best understanding by readers of Haiti's continued sufferings, and the problems posed to govt and nongovt policy.
11 November 2010 Last updated at 17:34 ET

Haiti cholera death toll

rises sharply

Cholera has now spread to six of 10 regions in Haiti

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Cholera is spreading quickly in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, as the death toll rises across the quake-hit country.
More than 80 people have died in the last 24 hours across the country, according to the health ministry, taking the death toll to 724.
Three people have already died of the disease in Port-au-Prince, after it was confirmed in the city early this week.

A woman carries a child with symptoms of cholera at the entrance of the St. Catherine hospital in the Cite Soleil neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010

Officials say six out of 10 regions are now reporting infections.
More than 11,000 people have been infected in total since the outbreak began in October. There have been about 1,000 new cases recorded each day this week, with the death toll rising steeply as the days pass.
Aid agencies are battling to contain it in Port-au-Prince, amid fears that it will spread through tented camps which house 1.1m earthquake survivors.
"We greatly fear a flare-up in the capital which would be serious given the conditions in the camps," Claude Surena, president of the Haitian Medical Association, told AFP. ,,,

Cholera causes diarrhoea and vomiting, leading to severe dehydration. It can kill quickly but is treated easily through rehydration and antibiotics.Before the Hurricane Tomas hit the Island, cholera had already surfaced  in some remote locations.  The prevailing problem was that of getting better housing for the more than 1 million people in tent camps.  Before the hit by Tomas, unused ideas put forward by SOS were translated under their sponsorship (orders to the manufacturer) into prefab plastic small-house-style.  Each houselet had a large surrounding pad set directly on the ground; this woud keep the house up out of the mud that woud come with the then-approacing rainy system, with its hurricanes.  But before SOS coud place more than a couple hundred houses at most, the rain and the rainstorms descended. I'm wondering how that housing endeavour is getting along now,  After the flood.

Here's an umbrella organization for cooperating aid and relief agencies functioning in Haiti after the storm.

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