According to news report that came out this morning, Haitian health authorities are saying that the number of deaths caused by cholera increased to 6,435 in Haiti since October 2010.
The Haitian Health Ministry said the number of people infected with cholera almost reached half a million, although the ministry repeated the epidemic was decreasing. The report said 455,727 people had been treated due to cholera, and 242,205 had to be hospitalized.
It’s not easy to read those statistics, especially for my colleagues and me at International Action. But we know that improvement in access to clean water saves lives. Sadly, clean water remains a luxury in Haiti; making our work all the more important and urgent.
You should know that we’ve been busy.
Last month, we installed chlorinators in 16 schools and 5 new communities.
The following Communities and more have clean water–
The school installations were completed in Pétion-Ville, Delmas, Croix-des-Bouquets, Petit-Goâve, Thomazeu, and Aquin.
The results of our work are outstanding. According to a recent survey conducted by two Emory University graduates, 82 percent of households in chlorinator zones have a positive chlorine residual greater or equal to the World Health Organization standards; 90 percent of households in the neighborhoods where we serve get their water from our chlorinator; 91 percent of our beneficiaries believe that the water treated by our chlorinators is safe to drink.
In other words, the water source is protected by our chlorinators. We are protecting lives.
We would not be able to do it without you. Because of your support, we’ve been able to revolutionize water quality intervention in Haiti. With your donations, we can continue to provide clean water for the most impoverished men, women, and children in Haiti. Thank you for believing in us and our work in Haiti.
The International Action Team
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