Below is an email from our Senior Health and Policy Advisor in Haiti, Dr. Louise Ivers, sent to Partners In Health supporters on April 3, 2012. In addition to the brief update on the status of PIH's Haiti Cholera Vaccine Project, you will see a video highlighting the crucial work of our volunteers, who played a key role in vaccine preparations.
For a year and a half, I've watched cholera devastate an entire country, wishing, as a doctor, that I could do more to save lives. Just this weekend, the New York Times wrote about the need to do more.
It's a simple bacterial infection, and yet our tools to fight this disease in Haiti simply haven't been enough.
That's why I'm thrilled to introduce you to the newest weapon in our arsenal: the Haiti Cholera Vaccine Project.
Volunteers helped get the vaccine delivery rolling at Partners In Health in Boston by preparing the registration cards -- a crucial part of the project that will ensure each patient gets the required two doses. We made a video of that big day. http://act.pih.org/phase-one-watch
This vaccine will save lives -- both in the short term and in the long term.
In the short term, it will help us protect the lives of the 50,000 people we vaccinate. In the long term, it will help contribute to ending cholera in Haiti entirely -- by demonstrating that cholera vaccination is both feasible and effective in Haiti.
I'll send more updates as the project continues.
Dr. Louise Ivers
Senior Health and Policy Advisor
Partners In Health