This has become particularly difficult during the most recent epidemic due to insecurity and lack of fuel. Since 2 October 2022, there have been more than 20,000 suspected cholera cases in Haiti, but some areas are held by gangs and roads are virtually impassable.
“When the roads are blocked, we cannot deliver samples on time. People are suffering and the quality of cholera samples decreases if they are left too long before analysis,” a Labo Moto nurse said.
When transporting samples by motorcycle becomes too difficult, nurses coordinate with other forms of ground, sea and even air transport to deliver them to the laboratory on time, for example using helicopter services from the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS). In addition, five sub-national laboratories in public and private hospitals (in the Artibonite, Center, South and North Departments) have been reactivated to help overcome this difficulty.
Despite the difficulties and challenges, Labo Moto nurses continue to help communities as part of the response to better manage and control the current cholera epidemic in Haiti.