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Areas reporting confirmed and/or suspected Cholera in Haiti

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Aquin Cholera Report

submitted by Aldy Castor - September 11, 2012 8:03:16 PM EDT

For the arrondissement (county) of Aquin, I had gathered some specific information about the cholera resurgence after Isaac. According to Dr. Tony Guillaume, the director of the Hospital of Cavaillon, they had admitted 36 patients in August and 15 patients in September. Miss Rosna Fénelon, the nurse in charge at the Hospital of St. Louis du Sud, reported 21 cholera admissions from August to now. Two of these patients were just referred this afternoon to the Hospital of Aquin. Most of them came from the localities of Cherettes and La Saline I just came from the Hospital of Aquin, since September, 5 patients were admitted. From this actual situation, I am expecting to have a resurgent of Cholera Aquin.

Pestel Cholera Report from Dr. Philippe Seneque

submitted by Ben Fredrick - September 13, 2012 6:57:15 AM EDT

Email from Dr. Seneque:

Good Evening Dr Ben 

Thank you for the update to me you feel about the cholera in check in Lacombe. I was Informed by the agents working in this area. Effectively, 10 cases of cholera Have Been Treated in the city med hospital in Beaumont, thesis and people safe Went back home. Now, the biggest concern, is the hygienic situation in this area. The people there Does not Have Access to any thing, They do not have drinking water Either latrines, They are totally devoid. This morning, before i received your email, i had a conversation with someone in Lifev, a locality near Lacombe. That person Requested a community cistern to us. I recommend them to you if there's any thing you can do. 

Best Regards,

Cholera Report from Pestel

submitted by Gigi Pomerantz

On Sep 13, 2012, at 2:29 PM, Gigi Pomerantz wrote:

Here's the first report from Franci -

In the last week there was one family that had 9 people who had cholera (doesn't say what treatment, etc). They get their water from a cistern (photo below) that is in poor condition.  If there's no water in it they walk 5 hours to the river. There are NO toilets - everyone goes outside. on the ground. He spoke to someone from APPN (don't know what that stands for), but otherwise they have had no support from the outside.


Gigi Pomerantz, MSN, FNP-BC
Executive Director




Gates Foundation - Reinvent the Toilet Fair - Andrew Larsen, Andrea Koestler, Fontes Foundation - Attractive and Very Low Cost Emergency Sanitation Structure

Andrew Larsen and Andrea Koestler of the Fontes Foundation have developed an attractive and very low cost emergency sanitation structure. Five toilet units are grouped on a vented pentagonal structure which allows pee and poop to fall directly into a box containing the composting pile. When it’s filled up, the toilet structure and steps are unbolted and moved to a new pentagonal composting box at a different location. Learner says that people really don’t like emptying toilets. Used plastic billboard ads are used for the walls and roof and to cover the wooden box commodes and floors of each stall, making them easy to clean. The attractive structures are being used in Haiti, but would be suitable for outdoor festivals and events anywhere in the world. - August 17, 2012

Current Scene at the Main Ocean Outlet Canal in La Saline / Cite Soleil, Haiti

submitted by Albert Gomez - September 14, 2012



The Truth Behind the Numbers: Why Haiti Did Not Dodge a Bullet with Tropical Storm Isaac


The aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaac in Haiti. Photo by Stephania Musset. - by Angela Bruce Raeburn - August 31, 2012

As Tropical Storm Isaac dumped torrential rains on Haiti this past weekend, many found a silver lining in the fact that only 24 Haitians died. . .

. . . But the effects of Isaac will be felt for quite some time and could result in a much higher death toll. Haiti did not dodge a bullet.


Tropical Storm Isaac Sparks Fears of More Cholera Deaths in Haiti - by Jacqueline Charles - September 5, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac, which left 24 dead and 3 missing in Haiti, is reigniting fears of increased cholera deaths in Haiti.

The panic began to set in after Tropical Storm Isaac’s rains had subsided and the sun finally began to shine on this storm-damaged beachfront hamlet. Frantz Pierre-Louis, looking at the trail of fallen trees and flooded farms confronting him, had something much more pressing on his mind.

“We have to prevent a cholera outbreak,” Pierre-Louis, sitting in his pick-up truck, said, his voice filled with urgency.


UN OCHA - Haiti Updated Post-Isaac, 28 August 2012


(Per Google Translate from French to English)


     Cover humanitarian needs during

     Preparation of the response to the risk of cholera outbreaks

     Focus on the development of a food security response plan based on the findings of the rapid assessment investigated during

     Identification of capacity / gaps

Report - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

U.N. Says Haiti Struggling to Cope with Cholera as Aid Withdrawn - Reuters - by Michelle Nichols - September 1, 2012

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon warned on Friday that Haiti was struggling to cope with a cholera epidemic that has killed thousands and deteriorating conditions in tent camps as aid groups withdraw from the impoverished country due to a lack of funding.

In a report to the U.N. Security Council, Ban said there had been an increase in the number of cholera cases since the rainy season began in early March and the World Health Organization had projected there could be up to 112,000 cases during 2012.


13 Cases of Cholera in Marmelade (Mamlad) Between Sunday 26 August and Wednesday 29 August

On Aug 31, 2012, at 4:21 PM, june levinsohn <redacted> wrote:

13 cases of cholera in Mamlad bet. Sunday 26 August and Weds. 29 june

----- Original Message -----
Oxamar St-Hubert
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 4:14 AM
kouman Iaask pase la ba? pou nou mamlad apre li fin kraze tout plantasyon pep la , li vin ogmante ka kolera. nou deja resevwa 13 ka kolera nan uct a , soti dimanch lan pou rive jodia , e kapab genyen anpil lot ka toujou.


(Per Google Translate - Below)

Subject:  information
Iaask than how low? we mamlad after it broke all touring people, increased cholera cases. We have already received 13 cases of cholera in the uct, from Sunday to today, and there may be many other cases still.

Haiti-Cholera 23 new infections Cayes/ 23 nouvelles infections aux Cayes and August 29, 2012 - by Joseph Serizier with Emmanuel Bruno Marino

Translation provided by Google Translate

OCHA - Haiti - Tropical Storm Isaac Aftermath

                           - OCHA - Situation Report No.03 - August 26, 2012


· The red alert has been lifted by the GoH but the risk of flooding and landslides remains high.

· NFI and food rations were distributed to several thousand people today.

· Thousands of evacuees are being assisted to return to their homes.

· Multi-sectoral assessments ongoing throughout the country.

· Reports of damage to the agriculture sector have increased.

· Thirteen deaths reported so far.


Readily Available - Chlorinators and Chlorine Tablets - International Action

Washington, DC – August 28, 2012 – The Tropical Storm Issac hit Haiti, claiming 19 lives and Haiti is at risk of fresh cholera outbreak.

Chlorinators and chlorine tablets are readily available in Haiti to any organization operating in cholera-affected areas. Interested parties should contact us immediately.

The tablet chlorinators provide a steady, pre-set level of chlorination which persists in the water for many days. This provides dependable protection against the disease-causing bacteria common in the buckets, home storage tanks, and local piping in developing countries.

International Action's lifesaving chlorination technology is safe and easy to maintain and requires no electricity. The chlorinators operate on the water's own gravity flow, so no additional equipment is necessary. Each chlorinator can easily disinfect water for more than 10,000 people and takes 1-2 hours to install on a pre-existing reservoir or water tank.

Cholera Depends on the Blood Group - X-ray Chemist Solves Cholera Mystery


X-RAY VISION: Professor Ute Krengel and PhD Candidate Julie Heggelund use a small x-ray machine at the Department of Chemistry to find the molecular structure of the cholera toxin. Photo: Yngve Vogt

University of Oslo - by Yngve Vogt- August 27, 2012

The likelihood of becoming seriously ill from cholera depends on your blood group. It is possible to find a new remedy for the feared illness by studying the molecular structure in the toxin in the cholera bacteria.

'Patients with blood group O are most at risk of becoming seriously ill. Those with blood groups A, B or AB are more protected against cholera', says Ute Krengel.


Isaac - Haiti - Assessment by Region - August 26, 2012

Although ISAAC has definitely left Haiti this Sunday, the country continues to receive heavy rains in several regions where extensive damage has been reported and the situation remains difficult on the whole territory, the greatest caution is always required. Overflowing rivers flooded homes, devastated many plantations and cattle swept away. Gusty winds also took away the roofs of precarious homes particularly in the West and Southeast.

Petit-Goâve Waiting for Help of All Kinds... - August 26, 2012

This Sunday, the town of Petit-Goâve severely affected by the passage of Isaac Saturday, is found with many victims following the overflowing of rivers that have flooded the City center, Ti guinin, l'Acul, Rue Benoît prolongée, Marcorel, Desvignes, Regal, Mayoro, Diocann, Chabanne, Cap-Destre.

The municipal authorities and the office of Deputy Thimoléon have opened of Shelters and distributed food kits to IDPs. But these food kits are clearly insufficient in quantity given the large number of victims.

All the rivers of Petit-Goâve : La Digue, Barette, Curtis, Benee, Figaro, Dlo piti, have overwhelmed and caused extensive damage : landslides, roads and houses damaged, gardens devastation especially in suburban and rural areas. The peasants of the 8th, 7th and 6th section, of Bois Chandel and the Première Plaine need help. Several people had to abandon their homes invaded by water.

Photos: Isaac Brings Misery to Islands - August 25, 2012

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A boy tries to take cover from the cold behind an appliance sitting higher than the floodwaters triggered by Isaac in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012.  AP Photo / Dieu Nalio Chery

The Wrath of Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac swept across Haiti's southern peninsula early Saturday, bringing flooding and at least three deaths while adding to the misery of a poor nation still trying to recover from the terrible 2010 earthquake. The storm's impacts have also been felt across in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The storm was heading into eastern Cuba around midday Saturday and forecasters said it poses a threat to Florida Monday and Tuesday. Here are images from the areas affected by Issac.

Photos - Tropical Storm Isaac - Port au Prince - UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti - August 25, 2012

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Residents of a low lying area of the Port au Prince flee their flooded homes taking whatever possessions they can. Tropical storm Isaac passed across Haiti overnight with high winds and heavy rains, flooding low lying areas of the capital Port au Prince and flattening camps for displaced people from the January 2010 earthquake.
Photo Logan Abassi UN/MINUSTAH

Initial Reports - ISAAC : The Situation in Haiti - August 25, 2012

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At 11h00 am, ISAAC is located at 20.1N 74.6W, or 66km west of Jean Rabel, 105km south-west of Port-de-Paix, 121km north-west of Gonaives, 134 northwest of Saint-Marc and 205km north-west of Port-au-Prince. It continues to move toward Cuba at 28km/h towards Northwest. Maximum winds currently blowing at 95km/h with gusts well above, and the area of ​​influence is of 335km around its center. Rain, wind and thunderstorms associated with the passage of ISAAC are still expected across the country.

Tweets - #Isaac #Haiti

Mesaj Prezidan Martelly pou Nasyon an nan Okazyon Siklon Isaac la

(Headline - Per Google Translate)

President Martelly Message to the Nation on the Occasion Cyclone Isaac

Haiti Calls for Caution as Prime Minister Mobilizes Storm Response

submitted by Ted Kaplan - August 23, 2012

Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe called for caution as the country readied response teams for the expected arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac in the country.

Lamothe said his government would regularly release information regarding the movement of the storm, and urged actors in the risk management and disaster sectors to mobilize.

The Prime Minister also advised citizens of the 177, 116, *300 and 114 telephone information numbers. Telephone operators in Haiti will also be broadcasting text messages regarding the storm’s path.

Alta Jean-Baptiste, Haiti’s Director of Emergency Preparedness, said authorities had not yet banned road traffic but “may do so in case of need.”

Haiti’s Directorate of Civil Protection will be making updates every three hours, according to Jean-Baptiste.

Haiti currently has 118,000 bottles of water available, along with 100,000 hygiene kits, 1,500 temporary shelters and 32 boats to improve the logistics of relief assistance.

Haiti’s National Police and its specialized units are also on alert.

It is not clear how the country will address the hundreds of thousands of Haitians living in temporary camps due to the 2010 earthquake.

NASA Spots Heavy Rainfall in Tropical Storm Isaac - August 24, 2012

NASA's TRMM satellite flew above tropical storm Isaac on Aug. 24 2:13 a.m. EDT and revealed heavy rainfall around Isaac's center. Rainfall rates were over 90mm/hr (~3.54 inches) within several strong convective storms (red). TRMM Precipitation Radar data were used to make a 3-D view of Isaac's structure that showed some storms near Isaac's center were reaching heights of about 16km (~9.94 miles). These towers contain Isaac's heaviest rains and act to energize the core of the storm. Credit: SSAI/NASA, Hal Pierce


Use of Oral Vaccine can Complement Cholera Elimination Efforts on the Island of Hispaniola, Experts Say

Washington, D.C., August 16, 2012 (PAHO/WHO) — Elimination of cholera transmission on the Island of Hispaniola can be achieved by increasing and sustaining access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation, according to experts of the Pan American Health Organization’s Technical Advisory Group on Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (TAG). Reaching the long-term goal will be greatly aided with complementary short-term actions such as the expanded use of oral cholera vaccine, the group further noted during a meeting held on August 14, 2012 at PAHO’s Washington, D.C, Headquarters. 

The meeting of the Technical Advisory Group is framed in the set of actions that governments of Haiti and Dominican Republic, PAHO/WHO, and other agencies and partners have been carrying out in the wake of the cholera outbreak in October 2010. One example of this coordinated action is the launching last June of the Regional Coalition on Water and Sanitation for the Elimination of Cholera on the Island of Hispaniola, which helps governments to harmonize and streamline international assistance and investments in water and sanitation infrastructure on the island.

Cuba - Cholera, Denque and Malaria - - August 11, 2012

The Community Journalists Network, an independent news service,
reported that Cuban health care authorities are not capable of
stopping the cholera epidemics in Granma, where according to the
official figures shown in local TV, 257 cases have already been

The Cuban government has not published information at the national
level about this disease since 14 Jul 2012, when they recognized 158
cases of cholera and stated that 3 persons had died. Reports about
cholera are restricted to Granma provincial bulletins.

Kenia Gonzalez Medina, provincial director of the Center for Hygiene
and Epidemiology, indicated that as of Wed 8 Aug 2012, 11 432 patients
in Granma have been treated for diarrhea and vomiting.

Significant outbreaks of diarrheal disease have occurred in other
provinces as well, such as Villa Clara, often accompanied by
respiratory diseases, reported Cubanet, an independent news service.

Flashcards - The Story of Cholera - Downloads


OCHA Haiti - Humanitarian Bulletin (July 2012)


Cholera Response

There is great concern about a possible upsurge in cholera due to contamination of water sources during heavy rains in enclaved areas.  MSPP expects an upsurge in new cholera cases with the onset of the second half of the rainy and cyclone seasons, which run from September to November.

Although Haiti experienced a general decline in new cholera cases during July, several alerts were reported in the West, South and Artibonite Departments. The commune of Carrefour in the West department was particularly affected, with up to 100 cases reported on average during a three-day period in the second week of July. The upsurge in infections was attributable to contamination of water sources in the area. There is a felt need for renewed sensitization on good sanitation practices in those communities where access to potable water remains a challenge.

Interview with Nigel Fisher, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti


UN News Centre

Nigel Fisher, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

3 May 2012 – While the overall humanitarian situation has improved, funding for relief work has fallen, leading to some concerns about the ability of the humanitarian community to fully provide frontline services for those in need.

Summary and Key Takeaways from Haiti's First Sustainable Sanitation Conference Released

submitted by Ted Kaplan - Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PRWEB) July 31, 2012

More than over 150 people from over 50 groups, organizations and government ministries attended the first ever Sustainable Sanitation Conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a forum to exchange ideas, lessons-learned, and discuss development of national standards for sanitation provision.

SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods), a leader in ecological sanitation, is proud to release a public summary, full presentations and key takeaways from Haiti's first ever Sustainable Sanitation conference, hosted by SOIL with support from UNICEF-Haiti, Sanco Enterprises and Bochika, was attended by over 150 individuals representing 55 groups, organizations and government ministries. Numerous local, national and international organizations, as well as several independent consultants contributed to the conference, presenting sanitation projects, participating in panel discussions, and actively engaging in dialogue. Summaries and full presentations from the conference are available on SOIL's Website: and photos on SOIL's Flikr:

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