Operation Compassion Responds to Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

By , October 22, 2010

A girl with suspected cholera is hooked up to an IV drip. Photo by David Darg

At least 142 people have died in a cholera outbreak in the rural Artibonite Region of Haiti 45 miles north of Port-Au-Prince. Operation Compassion has been contacted by Haitian partners requesting emergency supplies to help combat this deadly waterborne, bacteria disease. This is the deadliest health problem in Haiti since the January 12th earthquake which left more than 1 million homeless.

Operation Compassion is sending containers filled with emergency supplies of water, Gatorade, Propel, dehydration salts, medical supplies, buckets of hope, hygiene kits, and other supplies designed to combat this outbreak.

A man carries a sick child at the St. Nicholas hospital in Saint Marc, Haiti, on Thursday. Photo by Dieu Nalio Chery, AP

Most of the sick has come to the local hospital in St. Marc for treatment, inundating the hospital’s staff. The parking lot was filled with patients lying on rain and feces soaked sheets waiting for medical staff to begin treatment. While others lay there with IV’s in their arms hoping the medicine will save their lives.

According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no cholera outbreaks had been reported in Haiti for decades before the earthquake. Haitian officials, including President Rene Preval, have been pointing to the lack of severe disease outbreaks as a success of the earthquake response.

Operation Compassion has sent 205 containers filled with goods and supplies to Haiti since the earthquake. These emergency containers filled with dehydration products will need to get there as quickly as possible in order to stem the tide of the cholera outbreak. The only way to stop cholera is to provide clean drinking water. Will you please consider a donation to Operation Compassion for this very urgent need?

Please send your donations to or contact:

Operation Compassion
114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax
www.operationcompassion.org

Online Donations:

For additional information on the Haitian Cholera Outbreak
http://www.alertnet.org/db/blogs/34417/2010/09/22-105456-1.htm
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2010-10-21-Haiti-outbreak_N.htm

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