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.
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