Health Care and Education for Disaster Survivors

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
May 9, 2011

Cholera Outbreak at Local Orphanage

One of the kids affected by Cholera
One of the kids affected by Cholera

As the world’s attention turns to new crisis, we were recently reminded that Cholera is still a very real threat by an outbreak at one of our partner orphanages. 11 children at the Foyer d’Orelph were sickened by the water-borne illness and required hospitalisation to recover.

The outbreak was a frightening reminder that Cholera is far from gone in Haiti, but it was also a hopeful illustration that Cholera need not be a deadly disease. Thanks to education provided by EDV and other groups, the orphanage directors were immediately able to identify the signs of Cholera and knew that they must take the children to the hospital.

Their quick action meant that none of the children will suffer any long-term effects from their brush with Cholera, and they were able to recover quickly.

The directors were also ready when emergency supplies like disinfectant and safe water started to arrive. They knew to isolate sick children and start a strict hand washing regiment. With the help of our nurse, they were able to stop the outbreak just four days after it began.

While the situation at Foyer d’Orelph has calmed, it is a sobering reminder that Cholera is not gone, and that without the kind of education that the directors at Foyer d’Orelph received, this disease can still claim lives.

At EDV, we’re working with the Foyer d’Orelph and other vulnerable groups to ensure that during this rainy season, they’re prepared for more Cholera cases. We hope you’ll continue to support our work in Port au Prince – and until May 20th your support will go even further than usual.

During Global Giving’s Recurring Donation Challenge, the group that gets the most recurring donations or raises the most through recurring donations wins up to $2,500!

That means that your monthly donation, even if it’s as small as $10, could help us win more than $2,000 to keep these vulnerable kids healthy.

If you can’t consider making a monthly gift, you can still get involved by letting your friends know about this exciting opportunity to support Community Health Education in Haiti.

Thanks so much for all you’ve already given, and warm regards from Haiti!



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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

Location: Bristol, Somerset - United Kingdom
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Emma Taylor
Southport, Connecticut United States

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