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Haiti - Health : 100,000 liters of IV solutions, for the cholera epidemic in Haiti
08/05/2012 11:48:51

Haiti - Health : 100,000 liters of IV solutions, for the cholera epidemic in Haiti
Gabriel Timothé, the Director General of the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) maintains that the situation is not alarming, nor dramatic before the increase of cholera cases in Haiti, while the Pan American Health Organization, predicts that between 200.000 to 250.000 people may contract the disease this year...

AmeriCares is rushing to deliver twis week more than 100,000 liters of IV solutions for victims of the worsening cholera epidemic in Haiti. The emergency shipment contains enough IV fluids to treat at least 17,000 of the most seriously ill patients.

The AmeriCares Haiti team is scaling up efforts in response to the epidemic and immediately began replenishing the medicines and supplies in its Port-au-Prince warehouse upon learning of an increase in cholera cases.

AmeriCares has delivered more than 230,000 cholera treatments since the epidemic began, supplying 189 cholera treatment facilities throughout the country - both government hospitals and clinics as well as private facilities providing charitable care.

AmeriCares alone contributed about one-third of the lactated Ringer's solution distributed to fight the epidemic. AmeriCares has also delivered medicines, oral rehydration salts, hand sanitizer, soap, water purification tablets, disinfectant and other hygiene products to help prevent the spread of the disease, and supported cholera prevention training for 100,000 people.

Since January 12, 2010, AmeriCares, delivered more than $54 million in aid to the island nation, including aid for the recent cholera epidemic. The organization sends more than 300 shipments a year to Haiti - an average of one shipment a day, to health care facilities throughout the country.

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