Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante is responding to an overwhelming cholera outbreak, with cases spiking rapidly across Haiti, especially in Port-au-Prince and the surrounding rural areas. Cholera cases threaten to overwhelm our sites, including our largest hospital, Hopital Universitaire de Mirebalais. We are in need of support for IV and lab supplies while we rapidly organize a vaccination campaign, hoping to slow, and ultimately end the current outbreak that has quickly spread throughout Haiti.
Cholera outbreaks in Haiti and around the world are worsening, triggered by droughts, floods, war, and political instability that have forced vulnerable people to live amidst unsanitary conditions. Cholera is a deadly, infectious waterborne disease that spreads quickly under the conditions so many vulnerable people in Haiti are experiencing right now. Fearful of gang violence, families cannot move around easily to access clean water. Sanitation systems don't exist in many parts of the country.
At ZL, PIH's sister organization in Haiti, doctors and medical staff are caring for more than 300 cholera patients at six clinics and hospitals in central Haiti; but more than 800 total have already been treated at HUM. Additionally, PIH's new cholera vaccine campaign has so far reached more than 4,900 residents of the Mirebalais region in central Haiti and is expected to ultimately deliver a single dose of the oral vaccine, Euvichol-plus, to all eligible residents, about 105,390 people.
PIH is working with international partners to rapidly distribute essential supplies to respond to cholera. To date, not one ZL facility has closed or been forced to stop caring for patients. Indeed, 1.3 million people, or 1 in 10 Haitians, rely on ZL-supported facilities for care, treatment, and accompaniment. ZL team is actively working on opening new cholera treatment sites around the region and collaborating with medical and health care organizations throughout Haiti to save lives.