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Haiti - Cholera Epidemic : Last assessment, 29.871 cases, 1.603 deaths, International did not understand...
25/11/2010 17:29:11

Haiti - Cholera Epidemic : Last assessment, 29.871 cases, 1.603 deaths, International did not understand...
On November 12 the United Nations (UN) has appealed for emergency funds near its member countries, amounting to 164 million dollars to fight against the cholera epidemic rampant in Haiti. Elisabeth Byrs, spokesperson of the Office of Humanitarian Affairs United Nations said in Geneva that if funds are not provided "all our efforts may be overwhelmed by the epidemic."

Official assessment onpublished November 12 by MSPP
14.462 cases hospitalized and treated
917 deaths

Valerie Amos, the UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, in visit, has acknowledged the possibility that some countries did not understand the need for new disbursements while they are still in contributions for reconstruction after the earthquake of January.

Today, November 25, 13 days later, only 6.8 million (4.14%) were funded "This is a situation of extreme urgency, a matter of hours. The epidemic does not wait and continues to evolve," said 2 days ago Elisabeth Byrs, spokesperson of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

13 days later, the official assessment published on November 25 by the MSPP)
29.871 cases hospitalized and treated (+206%)
1.603 deaths (+74.8%)

The figures speak for themselves, every day, every hour counts, and international inaction, not to say its silence, weighs heavily on the human toll of our citizens. To control this epidemic, the needs in human resources, medicines and equipment are huge. Since the beginning of the epidemic (October 19 2010), the logistic platform managed by Handicap International in partnership with WFP (World Food Programme) has already carried nearly 240 tons of aid to the prevention and treatment, cholera since October 22.

In less than a month, M6 trucks, and the platform truck provided by the Clinton Foundation has helped provide support to a dozen actors engaged in the fight against cholera in carrying the Humanitarian Aid in Port-au-Prince, but also in Cap-Haitien, Gonaïves, Saint-Marc, or Jacmel. Hygiene kits (74 tons), drugs (76 tons), food (23 tons), medical kits (17 tons) and other equipment were conveyed to the benefit of different humanitarian actors including Action against hunger , Red Cross, Doctors of the World, WHO, WFP, or UNICEF.

Assessment at the national level:
The latest assessment (cumulative) dated of Tuesday, November 23, 2010 and published today Thursday by the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) reported 29.871 hospitalization since the beginning of the epidemic, either 1.938 additional cases moreover of the last official assessment of November 22 (+6.93%) and 1.603 death either 80 new additional deaths (+5.25%).

Port au Prince and metropolitan area:
In Port-au-Prince and metropolitan area, (Port-au-Prince: Carrefour, Cité Soleil, Delmas, Kenscoff, Pétion-Ville, Port-au-Prince, Tabarre and Croix des Bouquets) it reported 3.097 hospitalization since the first reported case in this area, either 231 cases moreover of the last assessment (Nov.22) (+8.06%) and 146 deaths, either 6 new additional deaths (+0,40%), in 24 hours.

Many humanitarian believe that official figures are underestimate, information in our position, confirms. The victims in isolated communities are little or no reported for reasons of accessibility [or politics before the elections of Sunday]. All agree that the death toll is probably higher than 2.000. Mortality rates in the Northeast (18.3% +0.1%), Southeast (8.5% -1.1%) and Grande Anse (12.5%) remain the highest in the country (including mortality rates and deaths in hospital in the community).

Between November 22 and 23 (24 hours) 1.34 person per minute and has been confirmed as infected with cholera at the national level during this period (+0.34%)

Note (1): Comparisons are made between the assessments of November 22 and 23, 2010 (24 hours)
. Official figures incorporate data submitted by departments to the Department of Epidemiology and now include the cases reported by NGOs and the Cuban medical mission.

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