- Work has also started on establishing community rehydration centers that provide oral rehydration by community workers. This will be introduced in phases using priority areas identified by the MSPPP.
- The MSPP shared this strategy with all its international partners in Haiti, including members of the UN Health Cluster. It was developed in close collaboration with PAHO and other UN agencies, as well as major non-governmental and bilateral partners.
- As of today, data provided by the MSPP show that hospitalizations due to cholera totaled 4,722. The departments with confirmed cases are: Artibonte (76.5%), Central (22.9%), Nord-Est, and Nord. The total number of deaths due to cholera is 303.
- The MSPP is sending community health agents into poor and densely populated areas, including temporary settlement areas that were created after the earthquake, to actively seek out and refer the sickest people to the Cholera Treatment Centers (CTC), while at the same time giving them a first dose of oral rehydration salts. The Ministry also will be establishing a network of community health posts that will have the capacity to treat diarrhea.
- The emphasis is on disseminating community-based messages encouraging hand washing and sanitation measures, such as proper management of human feces and garbage, purification of drinking water by boiling or using chlorination tablets, and eating only cooked foods or peeled foods. These messages also describe how to prepare oral rehydration salts, how to care for cholera patients safely in the home, and when to take them to a health facility.
EOC Situation Reports
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