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Haiti - Cholera : 2016 report +24% of cases, + 41% of deaths
01/01/2017 09:49:18

Haiti - Cholera : 2016 report +24% of cases, + 41% of deaths
As a consequence of hurricane Matthew, during October 2016, the number of suspected cases of cholera increased sharply from 2,377 in September to 4,985 in October. 48% of these new suspect cases were reported in the departments of Grand'Anse and the South. Before the hurricane the proportion was about 8% of suspect cases. In November, the situation in areas affected by Matthew improved, with a 25% decrease in the number of suspected cases between October and November, from 2,400 to 1,800 suspected cases. The national trend follows this same curve with a control of the disease in this period yet the most at risk, thanks to the increased means of treatment, response (teams of rapid response multiplied by 3) and prevention (vaccination campaign).

From January to November 2016 there were 39,329 new cases of cholera, +24% compared to the same period in 2015, and 420 new deaths, +41% compared to the same period in 2015.

From October 2010 to November 2016 there were 801,000 cases and 9,408 deaths

Cholera persists in Haiti due to: underfunding of the National Cholera Elimination Plan (45% financed $ 9.2 million out of $ 20.3 million); Poor access to safe drinking water and sanitation; Lack of access to quality medical care; Lack of knowledge of socio-cultural factors related to this problem; High population density and mobility to urban areas.

HL/ HaitiLibre


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