The rainy season in Haiti has meant marked increases in the rates of cholera infections, especially in the rural parts provinces. These rises are making it especially difficult for those that are sick to receive timely treatment - several Cholera Treatment Centers (CTC’s) have closed thanks to a lack of funding or a presumed lack of need (cholera rates were declining prior to the start of the rainy season).
Visit Lambi Fund’s cholera statistics page to get updated information on the cholera outbreak. This page features maps spotlighting the distribution and intensity of cholera throughout the country, which help visualize the epidemic.
Since infection rates continue to rise, Lambi Fund is continuing to provide education on cholera prevention and awareness to communities throughout rural Haiti. Prevention is essential for many communities in rural Haiti because CTC’s are so hard to come by.
Cholera, like most news in Haiti, made headlines and then was placed on the sidelines as other more "newsworthy" events were brought to the forefront. Since the fall of last year, Haiti has been battling this ugly epidemic and it has been particularly devastating in the countryside due a lack of water infrastructure and nearly unnavigable dirt roads.
For the time being, the cholera crisis appears to be tapering off. Communities throughout Haiti are reporting fewer cases of cholera and the death toll has begun to level off – while this is a good thing, the battle for clean water and sanitation in Haiti is definitely not over. Cholera is and will continue to be a very serious concern for Haitians for quite some time.
Since the epidemic began sweeping throughout the country, the Lambi Fund of Haiti has been working with local partner organizations to teach proper methods of sanitation and has provided communities with affordable water purification methods. During the height of the cholera epidemic, hysteria was sweeping through communities – no one was quite sure how it was spread and rumors were running rampant. Lambi Fund worked swiftly to educate local communities on the causes and spread of cholera. The main message was that this is an illness of dirty water and improper sanitation. Steps like proper hygiene and drinking purified water can and have been taken to greatly decrease the risk of contraction.
It is important to note though that a lack of human waste management throughout rural Haiti plays a major role in the transmission of cholera. This is no quick fix given that 88% of rural Haitians do no not have access to proper sanitation. Thus, Lambi Fund is prioritizing the building of hundreds of latrines throughout Haiti and we need your help. Educating rural communities on the use, building and maintenance of latrines is a large task and will take extended time and commitment. Building just one latrine can provide up to 25 individuals with access to proper sanitation – keeping the environment they live in clean and improving health conditions.
Today is World Toilet Day- a day not only to recognize the millions around the world who do not have access to proper toilets and sanitation on a daily basis, but also a day to take action. The Lambi Fund of Haiti's efforts to build latrines in rural Haiti is now more important than ever.
The cholera outbreak is sweeping Haiti. This deadly infection strikes fast - over 1,000 have died and now that it has reached the capitol, the death toll is sure to rise.
These are heartbreaking circumstances for a country that has already faced an unimaginable year of hardships. Many of Lambi Fund's grassroots partners in the Artibonite Valley, where the first cases of cholera were reported, have lost dear friends, family, and loved ones. Needless to say, this is indeed a very serious and stressful situation - Lambi Fund would like to extend our solidarity and condolences to our staff members, colleagues, and partner organizations during this difficult time.
Sometimes frightening events like this can be paralyzing, but there’s no need to feel helpless. Lambi Fund is working in this very region of Haiti to build proper latrines that will protect valuable water sources from contamination. At the same time Lambi Fund is working with our grassroots partners in communities throughout the country to provide means of water purification to ensure that drinking water is clean and safe.
You can help solve this crisis by supporting Lambi Fund's efforts to build latrines today.
Since January’s earthquake, improving rural Sanitation and Hygiene in Haiti has been a priority of Lambi Fund’s. Our field monitors have been working with community organizations in the Northwest to develop a sustainable sanitation plan that will provide these populations with access to latrines. Through conversations with these local groups, it has been decided that the latrines will be built in community centers like local grain mills. This will provide community members with equal access and group members will be able to oversee the management and maintenance of the latrines.
Continued support for this project is greatly needed though, as the need for latrines far exceeds Lambi Fund’s financial resources. The purchase of one latrine provides approximately 25 individuals with access to proper sanitation- exponentially improving their overall health, keeping the local environment clean and ensuring local water sources are not contaminated. Together we can provide a clean and healthy environment for all communities in rural Haiti.
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