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2010: A Year of Health Challenges for Haiti

For Haiti's health sector, 2010 was a year of unprecedented challenges. The January 12 earthquake claimed the lives of more than 200,000 Haitians, including some 300 health workers, and injured many thousands more, while causing serious damage and disruption to health infrastructure, services and supply lines. The cholera epidemic added new difficulties just as the health sector was beginning to recover and rebuild.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 January 2011 06:26
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Experts Call for International Cholera Vaccine Stockpile

ExpertsA group of experts convened by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) today urged the creation of an international stockpile of cholera vaccine and called for the use of current vaccines in a pilot project in Haiti that would be expanded as more vaccine becomes available.

 
Last Updated on Saturday, 18 December 2010 22:37
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PROMESS Continues Deliveries to Save Lives

PAHO/WHO staff and partners working at PROMESSContinuing insecurity in Haiti has prompted the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) to impose strict security measures that require most U.N. staff—including most PAHO/WHO staff—to remain confined to safe quarters. But this did not prevent the mobilization of two U.N. helicopters to the cities of Cap Haitien and Jeremie carrying three tons each of medicines and supplies for cholera treatment.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 December 2010 09:45
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Specialized Cholera Beds Are Being Produced at PROMESS Warehouse

Members of the PAHO/WHO logistics team help Haitian workers produce and assemble specialized cholera beds inside the PAHO/WHO PROMESS warehouse at the Port-au-Prince airport. To date, 500 beds have been shipped by truck and helicopters to cholera treatment centers, hospitals and other health facilities throughout the country. An additional 1,000 beds are expected to be ready for shipment in the next 10 days.

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Interactive Map on the Cholera Outbreak in the Island of the Hispaniola

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 December 2010 14:40
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