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In Port-au-Prince, many people get their water from public wells or purchase it from water-sellers.
MSF water and sanitation coordinator Katelhine Van Eyck performs tests at public and private water points. She is looking to see if chlorine has been added to keep bacteria from growing and keep people from getting cholera.
Frequently, Van Eyck finds that the water is not protected.
So she explains how to add chlorine in order to prevent water from becoming contaminated.
In Cite Soleil, Van Eyck and her team distribute pamphlets that explain in Creole how to prevent cholera and what to do if you have cholera symptoms.
The chlorinated water MSF provides in Cite Soleil does not come close to meeting all of the needs; neither do MSF’s prevention messages reach everyone that needs to hear them.
In November, MSF called for more organizations and agencies who have the capacity to get involved in activities including water and sanitation and communications. The needs are still great.
In Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, MSF is providing hundreds of tons of water every day, but it's not even close to meeting all the needs in that area.
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