Hurricane Sandy in Haiti: Partners in Health Expects Cholera IncreaseNovember 2, 2012 by Sally Farhat Kassab
The Boston Globe just did an article about how Partners in Health was affected by Hurricane Sandy. You will remember that in April, we shared with you how they are helping prevent cholera. An excerpt from the Globe’s new story:
“Partners in Health facilities in Haiti’s Central Plateau escaped most of the flooding experienced by other parts of the country when Hurricane Sandy blew through. But the staff of the Boston-based aid organization and their Haitian partners were preparing this week for an expected bump in cholera cases caused by the storm, even as money for cholera prevention is running low.
…The outbreak that began two years ago has diminished considerably. Partners in Health treated about 300 people per month during dry periods this summer, compared with 15,000 per month during the peak in 2011, Cate Oswald said.
Still, she said, continued prevention efforts are critical to sustain those gains. To date this year, there have been 77,000 cholera cases in Haiti and more than 550 deaths.”