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Haiti - Epidemic : Action-stations at ONG
Currently, MSF is treating cholera in 8 of its facilities in the Artibonite region and in and around Port-au-Prince. Another cholera treatment center (CTC) with a capacity of 400 beds is built on a football field near the Hospital Saint-Nicolas and should be completed by Wednesday, October 27.
The French Red Cross (CRF):
CRF announced Tuesday that it has pre-positioned in Haiti, two units of water treatment to meet the specific cholera epidemic. A processing units "will be commissioned in the Artibonite in the coming hours" A cholera kit to treat 1,000 patients for health centers, containing rehydration salts, chlorine, perfusions sets, antibiotics, was en route from Madrid in cooperation with the Spanish Red Cross. Another must be routed the same way in the next few days. Finally, 8,000 hygiene kits for 40,000 people will be distributed.
"We are well positioned to respond because of our pre-positioning of supplies in the region," said Frank Kashando, Coordinator for UNICEF in Artibonite. "But the rapid spread of this outbreak means to respond appropriately and provide adequate assistance to communities and our partners on the ground, we will increase our current supplies."
In Port-au-Prince, UNICEF has provided 15 water tanks of 5,000 liters collapsible, the Spanish Red Cross, 500 pounds of granular chlorine to disinfect water. 19,200 bars of soap, and 300,000 tablets for purifying water to the DINEPA and sector partners who work to put in place plans to chlorinate the water at large scale and distribution of hygiene products.
In addition to what had been pre-positioned before the epidemic, UNICEF has provided its partners in the Artibonite 2.500 adult hygiene kits, 50,000 tablets for purifying water, 2,500 jerry cans foldable, 360,000 sachets of rehydration. UNICEF has also pre-positioned, two diarrhea kits, each of which is able to treat 100 severe cases and 400 moderate cases of cholera.
The twelve members of the Union of South American nations agreed Monday to send medicines and other necessary assistance that can help slow the progression of the deadly cholera epidemic. A first shipment will arrive by plane on Wednesday in Port-au-Prince.
Brazil announced in addition to its contributions to the UNASUR, a donation of two million to Haiti for the purchase of medicines and medical supplies for hospitals to receive and treat cholera patients. Two Brazilian epidemiologists were also dispatched to the scene, as part of the fight against the deadly epidemic.
France recently announced it would send, from the Caribbean, medical reinforcement. French teams will coordinate with international humanitarian aid already present on site and local authorities.
The Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) will provide the necessary funds for the purchase and distribution of millions of tablets for purifying water, in response to the emergency caused by the cholera epidemic in Haiti.