In the first ten months of the outbreak, cholera has claimed over 6,200 lives and has resulted in over 439,000 cases of the disease. Household chlorination in rural areas is a key component of the cholera response strategy published by DINEPA (the Haitian government’s Directorate of Water and Sanitation). DINEPA’s goal is to provide all families in rural areas with access to an approved, affordable chlorine product to treat their water at the household level. Gadyen Dlo, DSI’s locally produced chlorine product, is the product of choice for the third phase of DINEPA’s chlorine distributions.
To meet the increased demand, DSI has increased its production capacity through enhanced technologies. Twenty new jobs within have been created as a result of this project, in addition to the increased demand for buckets and bottles which are produced by local manufacturers. To date, enough Gadyen Dlo has been produced to treat 72 million gallons of water, and we are near our goal of 92 million gallons of safe water specifically with respect to the partnership with DINEPA and UNICEF. Our production capacity is now sufficient to serve the rural population’s needs at a national level, and continued support allows us to both increase our capacity to supply the population and create sustained demand for proper household water treatment.
Cholera continues to take its toll on Haitians as a result of poor water and sanitation conditions. During the first six months of the outbreak, over 286,000 cases were seen and a reported 4,879 people died from the disease. As we enter into rainy season, many expect the rates to increase. Chlorinated drinking water continues to be a key to preventing deaths. Thanks to donors like you and our partners on the ground, DSI has expanded its chlorine production and distribution operation. Since the beginning of the outbreak, DSI has produced enough liquid chlorine (Gadyen Dlo) to treat over 40,000,000 gallons of water. As the response shifts toward long-term solutions, chlorine sources that are affordable, high-quality, and locally available are much-needed. DSI has begun a partnership with UNICEF and DINEPA (the Ministry of Water and Sanitation) to provide bottles of chlorine that will treat over 92,000,000 gallons of water. As our liquid chlorine reaches Haitian families at the national level, your support helps ensure that these families will be able to access chlorinated water on an ongoing basis. We aim to continue impacting increasing numbers of rural Haitian families so as to slow cholera and prevent future outbreaks.
11-30-10, Report from Leogane, Haiti:
A cholera outbreak has taken the lives of over 1,415 Haitians and hospitalized 25,248 Haitians (MSPP, 11/23/10) in Haiti's worst health crisis since the January earthquake. The areas most affected include the Artibonite Valley (a location of many persons displaced by the earthquake), Port-au-Prince, Arcahaie (near Port-au-Prince), and Limbe (near DSI communities Bas Limbe and Port Margot).
According to the Pan American Health Organization, the number of cases will continue to grow because Haitians do not have any built-up immunity to cholera. 4.1 million rural Haitians need our help.
10,000,000 gallons of safe water seems crazy, but DSI has already implemented programs in response to the cholera outbreak to purify over 48 million liters of water (over 12,000,000 gallons):
Thanks to PPG Industries, we are also providing over 2,000 pounds of chlorine tablets to our strategic partner, International Action, whose team is installing 50 chlorinators (“tablet feeders”) to serve the communities in the Artibonite Valley.
The over 70,000 Haitians we directly serve in the earthquake zone have increased their demand for liquid chlorine over the past two months. In addition to training over 120 health workers on cholera-related issues, we are strategically expanding within this community to provide life saving clean water to 5,700 more families (44,620 Haitians).
Support this Phase II program to deliver more safe water and protect the people of Haiti. If you have any questions, please contact Etta Casalnova at Etta.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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