MSF teams continue to see an increase in cases of suspected cholera across Haiti, from the Artibonite Region, where the outbreak originated, in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and in areas of the far north. In this audio slideshow, MSF medical advisor Dr. David Olson says the deadly but easily treatable and preventable disease is likely to continue its scourge for months to come. Photos by Ron Haviv, Moises Saman, Jake Price, and Gregory Vandendaelen.
Responding to the widespread and massive needs for cholera treatment in Haiti is a daunting task. MSF continues to treat high numbers of patients in the Artibonite region, where the outbreak originated.
Since an outbreak of cholera was confirmed in October, MSF teams in Haiti have treated more than 10,000 patients across the country with cholera symptoms. MSF is supporting two Haitian Ministry of Health hospitals in the Artibonite Region, where the cholera outbreak originated.
While documenting the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, photographer Nicola Vigilanti met a brave young girl named Mirlanda who was receiving physiotherapy and post-operative care for her quake-related injuries at MSF's Saint Louis Hospital. Mirlanda's inspiring struggle for recovery is just one story from the many thousands of Haitians in the rehabilitation process.
This slideshow is narrated by an MSF communications officer, who also took the photographs during a two-week visit to Haiti in March, 2010. He accompanied MSF field staff on assessments of living conditions in makeshift camps where people had been living without basic assistance. A smaller version of this slideshow is available for embedding on blogs. Also available on YouTube.
This is the Clerge family, one of many families struggling to survive in Haiti after the January 12 earthquake devastated their lives as well as their homes. MSF continues to provide medical care at about 20 locations in and around Port-au-Prince.
Paul McMaster, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) surgeon, describes what he and his team have seen and done since they arrived in Port-au-Prince to bring emergency medical care to earthquake survivors on January 15.
More than 2,000 patients have been treated so far at MSF locations, and patients are pouring in. MSF teams are doing their best in terms of administering first aid, but surgery needs are huge. Major impediment have to do with blockages at the airport, challenges to moving people and freight quickly, and damage to pre-existing facilities.