The objective of the work of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Health Emergencies is to increase the health sector resilience to emergencies and disasters. Our priority is to deliver rapid, predictable, and comprehensive support to Member States in terms of prevention, risk reduction, preparedness, surveillance, response, and early recovery in case of any threat to human health, including outbreaks or disasters caused by natural phenomena, biological, chemical or radiological agent, human activities, conflicts or any other hazard. When national capacities are overwhelmed, PAHO is ready to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain disasters, including outbreaks, and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.
Predicting the size and duration of the outbreak is difficult, but Haiti currently meets all risk factors for cholera transmission, suggesting that several thousands could be affected by the resurgence of cholera in the country. Urgent actions are needed to save lives, reduce cholera morbidity and mortality and limit the spread of the disease nationally and to other countries of the Region. PAHO is seeking a total of USD 12,750,000 to rapidly scale-up response capacities to deploy cholera curative and preventive measures over the next 12 months. Generous donations from the international community will allow PAHO to deliver its technical cooperation and logistics assistance to the Haitian Government and health partners to help manage and control cholera outbreaks and protect the most vulnerable population groups at risk of infection.