“No one should die from cholera in the twenty-first century,” states Mr. Pedro Medrano Rojas, Senior Coordinator for the Cholera Response in Haiti, in a recent article published by the United Nations. (http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50867#.VVtOz5NVikq)
In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, cholera was introduced into Haiti. Since that time, more than 9,000 deaths have been reported with more than 735,000 people affected. While recovery efforts from the earthquake have been subsiding, the cholera epidemic is far from over, resulting in continued suffering and deaths.
The UN is predicting more than 28,000 new cases of cholera in 2015. In January and February 2015, alone, there were over 8,000 cholera cases diagnosed and 82 deaths reported, an increase of 190% over the same time last year.
“The cholera epidemic continues in Haiti. Its persistence exemplifies the underlying weak infrastructures in the country, particularly in the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) sector,” states Noelle Thabault, Country Director in Haiti for Pure Water for the World. “Pure Water for the World is committed to mitigating cholera, as well as all waterborne diseases.”
Waterborne illnesses can be eliminated. Pure Water for the World is working tirelessly to change the course of these preventable illnesses and deaths by partnering with communities to bring comprehensive, life-changing safe water solutions and essential hygiene education and training. With the tools and know-how, community members are empowered to keep their water safe and their families healthy.
You can help to eliminate senseless waterborne diseases for children and families in Haiti.
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