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Press briefing on the cholera outbreak in Haiti by Dr. Jon Andrus, 25 October 2010

PAHO Deputy Director Dr. Jon Andrus with updated information about the cholera outbreak in Haiti. A transcript of the press briefing can be found here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:46

PAHO Responds to Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

Washington, Oct. 25, 2010 – As of today, the MSPP (Ministère de la santé publique et de la population), with support from partners like PAHO and the CDC, has reported 259 fatalities and 3,342 confirmed cases. Currently there are 12 cholera treatment centers being built to support isolation and treatment of cases: six in Artibonite, one in Central, and five in Port-au-Prince.

The emphasis is on prevention by ensuring clean water, promoting good personal hygiene, and food handling practices, including hand washing and trying to prevent defecation in open areas.

EOC Situation Report #4 - 25 October 2010

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:46

Spain Offers Aid to Haiti in Fight Against Cholera Outbreak

The government of Spain, through the Spanish Aid for International Cooperation and Developement,  (AECI) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MAEC), is continuing its plan to aid the people of Haiti in the fight against the cholera outbreak in the country. (in French)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:46

Unasur Coordinates Aid to Haiti

Health Ministers of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) are coordinating mechanisms to help Haiti in the outbreak of cholera that has so far killed nearly 200 people. A statement from the Health Ministry of Ecuador David Chiriboga, who holds the rotating presidency of the regional body, said that all member states are seeking to implement a strategy to help the Haitian government. He added that to face the health crisis in Haiti the Ecuadorian government will deliver humanitarian aid such as drinking water, oral rehydration salts, antibiotics, chlorine, gloves, and personal toilet products, among others. (El Universo de Guayaquil 10/23/2010)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:46

Will Health Services function when most needed?

63rd World Health AssemblyDisasters caused by natural hazards have devastating effects on people, families, and communities. Socioeconomic consequences can be life shattering. These disasters call for an immediate response from the health sector that is the most critical pillar of humanitarian action. Ministries of Health and Governments face intense scrutiny from national and international actors on their performance in such events and face mounting expectations for quick, decisive and appropriate action.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:46
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