The mothers receive standard cholera treatment. If they are able to drink, they drink oral rehydration solution. Less stable mothers are given rehydrating fluid through IVs. Most of the patients at the CTC come in needing aggressive rehydration.
“We are concerned about their condition. The women can be very depressed,” said MSF midwife Felipe Rojas Lopez. “Many have lost their babies and they are continually having diarrhea and vomiting.” MSF’s mental health team at the hospital provides psychological care to the women.
Since MSF’s program at Isale Jeanty Hospital is only for women in the late stages of pregnancy and labor, MSF plans to open a new CTC for women in all stages of pregnancy who are suffering from cholera. The new facility should be open in the Leman neighborhood of Port-au-Prince in December.
In Labor, With Cholera
December 08, 2010
MSF has been treating women with cholera who are in labor and in the late stages of pregnancy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, since November. Many of the women have lost their babies due to the effects of cholera.