If cholera resulted in broad policy of building latrines with every project where it is appropriate, it is simply a new dilemna tthat we face when we heard about "Chikungunya". We have not only heard of it but on the day of the celebration of Lambi Fund's 20th anniversary in Camp Perrin, there were 11 people at our proximity suffering with a debilitating fever, joint pain, rashes, immobility. A mosquito borne fever, it is infecting like wild fire and the projection is that 50% of the population will be affected by this desease that is very little known. The Center for Disease Control in the United States affirms that there is no known treatment for the active period and its sequelae.
I immediately think of the farmer in the rainy season and the potential to contract this infection by mosquito bites. Our field monitor contracted Chikengunya and was disabilitated for days. For our farmers without any institutional support from the department of health and any other institution of the State, what options and alternatives do they have? The call for infrastructure building is past due, even as the discussion on minimum wage wagers on in Haiti, it is hard to detect any way the rural farmer is protected and preserved to continue its hard work.
Latrines will continue to evolve, but it is the inclusion of the voice of the farmer and the focus on the public good that will ultimately improve his participation in the democratic processes in Haiti and improve his quality of life.
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