November 19, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, November 19, 2010 — Critical shortfalls in the deployment of well-established measures to contain cholera epidemics are undermining efforts to stem the ongoing cholera outbreak in Haiti, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today.
Despite the huge presence of international organizations in Haiti, the cholera response has to date been inadequate in meeting the needs of the population. According to national authorities, the epidemic has already caused more than 1,100 deaths and sickened at least 20,000 people nationwide.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, MSF has set up more than twenty cholera treatment facilities throughout the capital, Port-au-Prince, in the Artibonite region, and in the north of Haiti. MSF teams working around the clock treated more than 16,500 people from October 22 to November 14. Over 240 tons of medical and logistical supplies have been brought into the country and MSF has more than 1,000 Haitian staff dedicated to cholera treatment, working alongside 150 international staff.
In Port-au-Prince, the number of people seeking treatment at numerous MSF-run and MSF-supported medical structures jumped from 350 for the week ending November 7, to 2,250 cases for the week ending November 14. In the north of the country, MSF medical structures logged 280 cases during the week ending November 7, but that number jumped to 1,200 cases for the week ending November 14.
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