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Three years after the January 2010 earthquake that battered Haiti, the rebuilding effort continues in fits and starts, especially when it comes to health care.
Two years since the beginning of the epidemic, cholera remains a major threat in Haiti, where little has been done to improve the conditions that enable the continued spread of the disease.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing humanitarian aid to Haitian asylum seekers in Tabatinga, a town in the state of Amazonas, Brazil.
Two years after the earthquake, the health care system in Port-au-Prince and its surrounding areas is still in disarray. Most Haitians still lack proper access to emergency care.
The consensus is that cholera has taken up a long-term, if not permanent, environmental presence in the country, and as such, the reinforcement and expansion of preventive measures has become vital.
One year after the cholera epidemic began, thousands of people in Haiti are still becoming infected every week.
On August 18, MSF officially inaugurated its new specialized emergency obstetric care hospital in Port-au-Prince.
Thirty-five seconds. That’s all it took for an earthquake to shatter the lives of millions of Haitians on January 12, 2010.
From January 12 to October 31, MSF treated more than 358,000 people, performed more than 16,570 surgeries, and delivered more than 15,100 babies. By December 12, MSF had treated 62,000 cholera cases in 47 treatment centers around the country.
MSF has treated more than 12,000 people for cholera and cholera-like symptoms, and the organization is anticipating that the spread of the bacteria will not soon abate.
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