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Response to Cholera in Haiti Update - July 2012

Partners In Health Completes Phase Two of the Cholera Vaccine

The Haiti team has successfully completed phase two of the Cholera Vaccine Project, reaching over 90% of people who received dose one, an incredible accomplishment.  Once again, we have proven the cynics wrong, showing the world that we can treat sickness in poor places with the same tools we’d use to fight the disease in our own country. Below, you will find excerpts from their blog during the final phases of the project, as they administered the two-dose vaccine to nearly 50,000 people living in the most vulnerable, rural communities in Haiti.

 

April 23, 2012

Dose # 1 given to more than 20,000...and counting

Jon Lascher, PIH – Artibonite Region, Haiti

We've finished our first full week and have vaccinated over 20,000 people ages 10 and older. For the first four days teams set up fixed vaccination posts across 54 localities. After four days the number of people showing up at the posts decreased, so our strategy changed from maintaining fixed posts to teams traveling door-to-door in search of people that had been pre-registered.

The teams have walked, ridden motorcycles, donkeys, and horses to spread the word about the vaccine and find people to vaccinate.

 

May 09, 2012

First phase of vaccine delivery is complete!

Dr. Max Raymond Jr., PIH - Artibonite Region, Haiti

Phase 1, dose 1 of the project is completed and may be considered a success.

Phase 1, dose 2 will begin on Sunday 13th and run through until May 20-22th. Then we'll double back to vaccinate children.

We will start vaccinating children 9 years old and under starting on May 27th. The timeline for all of this has changed a bit because the national government is running a National Polio Vaccine Campaign in the Artibonite region right now. The vaccines cannot be delivered at the same time, so we've had to adjust our schedule. I am keeping in close contact with government health officials about the timing of all vaccine administration to avoid overlap.

 

May 14, 2012

Second dose of vaccine delivery begins

Jon Lascher, PIH – Artibonite Region, Haiti

We are pleased to report that during the first two days of delivering the second dose of Shanchol, we vaccinated over 8,000 people. Thanks to Amanda, Jessica and the Majella team for working on a fast solution to a few problems we had yesterday with the tablets. 

Some challenges faced today:

  • Due to the seasonal rains, water levels in some Artibonite communities are rising. Anecdotally, we are hearing reports that people are busy tending to their farms, mitigating the water levels. Also in some communities the water is so high that people would have to swim to a post to receive the vaccine.
  • We believe many people are waiting at their homes until we change our strategy (again) to vaccinate door-to-door.

 

May 21, 2012

Vaccine doses 1 and 2 of now delivered to 18,000 Haitians

Jon Lascher, PIH – Artibonite Region, Haiti

It rained most of the day today limiting our ability to vaccinate large numbers of people. Teams were deployed at different intervals throughout the day in the hopes of vaccinating farmers returning home from the fields in the evening. 

Tomorrow teams will be going door-to-door again.

 

May 24, 2012

Initial phase completed!

Jon Lascher, PIH – Artibonite Region, Haiti

We've completed the planned vaccination -- doses 1 and 2 -- for the current phase of the project.

We are very pleased with the results thus far, but we know there are still people we can reach.

We proposed to the teams today that we continue vaccinating for 1-2 days of “attrapage” or continued case finding. We are sensitive to the long hours the teams have already been working and we want to ensure that they have enough rest for the next leg -- dosing children 9 and under -- but given the option this evening, they said they wanted to continue working.

 

June 8, 2012

Haitian children vaccinated against cholera

Dr. Max Raymond Jr., PIH - Artibonite Region, Haiti

We will soon be finishing up the vaccine campaign with the final dose for children 9 and under. So far, even with delays and the rainy season well upon us, we've reached more than 40,000 people... that's pretty good!

Maybe someday soon we will be here together scaling up the cholera vaccination to the national level with the Haiti Ministry of Health.

 

June 19, 2012

An incredible accomplishment

Jon Lascher, PIH – Artibonite Region, Haiti

Ekip,

I am pleased to report that we have completed phase 2 and have reached over 90% of people who received dose 1! An incredible accomplishment that would not have been possible without the perseverance of this incredible team.

 

June 19, 2012

This team did what “they” said was impossible.

Dr. Louise Ivers - Senior Health and Policy Advisor for PIH

Well done everyone.

This project started in November of 2010 when we wrote that cholera vaccine should be included as one of 5 complementary pieces of cholera control. It then got its wings at TAG meeting in Buenos Aires in July last year and a running start in December when the Minister gave the green light. You all made it fly and I'm really proud of the project and to be part of this team that did what "they" said was impossible.

Aba Kolera!!
Chapo ba ekip solid

Louise

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