Cholera Epidemic Hits Refugee Population in Haiti

Emergency water sanitation centers have been setup, but one wonders why massive efforts to keep the water supply clean, and educate the population with regards to handwashing, have not been taken early. Of course a major problem is that hundreds of thousands of displaced Haitians are still living in refugee camps. Public health officials suspect that the Artibonite River in Haiti, which thousands of Haitians use for drinking water, is contaminated with cholera and is the source of the current epidemic.

There are certain vaccines available for cholera which potentially could be used in an acute refugee crisis could help to ward off a cholera epidemic.

When looking at the bigger picture, the situation in Haiti still remains dire for the estimated 1.3 million people who live in the tent cities in Port-au-Prince. Women and children are experiencing high levels of violence, such as rape. Many experts have called for increased funding for reconstruction efforts in Haiti, but they have been slow in coming as major donor nations, such as the United States, are only sluggishly authorizing funding.

Much of the damage done by the Haitian earthquake was especially deadly as it toppled poorly constructed buildings. Any reasonable reconstruction effort in Haiti will involve the construction of durable homes which can withstand another earthquake—a real possibility given the fact that not all of the pressure on the fault involved in the 2010 Haiti earthquake has been relieved.

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8 Responses to Cholera Epidemic Hits Refugee Population in Haiti

  1. What’s also unfortunate about the situation in Haiti is that it was hit by hurricane Tomas. It didn’t do massive damage but it was enough to just break their spirits. Many who had lost everything in the quake have absolutely nothing left once again.

  2. I have heard that this strain of Cholera was actually due to Nepalese humanitarian aid workers. Have you found anything about this?

  3. rblicious says:

    This disaster was just that, an absolute disaster. The land is still being affected by the damages from the earthquake. My heart goes out to all these disaster strewn people and their current circumstance. It is just so sad that such a horrific thing happened to these people, especially with their unstable structures.

  4. axctaylor says:

    It just doesn’t seem to end for these people. I hope that their higher ups start kicking it into gear and taking care of their people. Hopefully we can take a note from what is happening for the future.

  5. kirataylor says:

    This is such an unfortunate situation. I’m very thankful that we have vaccines to at least help with some of these diseases. As public health officials we definitely need to try to figure out what we can do to prevent future outbreaks such as this.

  6. rosec2 says:

    Cholera was predicted since the disaster in Haiti occured so for it to happen now isn’t a shock but just add to the problem.

  7. kyliedurham says:

    It is pretty common for cholera outbreaks to happen after natural disasters like this. It is so sad that the Haitians are suffering like this.

  8. I think we forget about cholera and other diseases that are not prevalent in the United States, but we need to remember that other countries are still fighting these horrible diseases and try to offer some relief.

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