By Jennifer Browning
Last week the Associate Press reported that while many feared Haiti’s growing epidemic would overwhelm the capital, so far, rural Haiti is seeing the worst of this epidemic that has killed over 1,900 people in less than two months.
A little more than an hour away from the chaos and rioting streets of Port-au-Prince, Project Medishare doctors, nurses and health agents continue to battle cholera in Haiti’s Central Plateau through our community health program and at a Cholera Treatment Center (CTC) in Mirebalais, which is managed jointly by Project Medishare and Partners in Health’s sister organization, Zanmi Lasante.
With an increasing number suspected cholera patients arriving each day, Project Medishare and PIH have increased the capacity of the CTC by hiring additional staff which has grown from the estimated 82 local medical professionals to 114. The professional and support staff is made up mostly of local Mirebalais residents, with a strong participation from the Cuban Delegation. In addition to treating cholera patients, Mirebalais CTC medical staff also serve as educators and advocates within community.
Project Medishare’s medical staff and health agents have received extensive training following WHO standards of cholera disease management by MSH-Belgium and other partners.
In addition to the Mirebalais CTC, Project Medishare is assisting the Ministry of Health (MSPP) in the cholera effort in the Upper Plateau city of Hinche by
providing materials, supplies and technical assistance to the CTC which has been set up in front of St. Therese Hospital.
Project Medishare seeking additional funding to further assist in this life saving activity in Mirebalais and Hinche. If you would like to help Project Medishare with our battle against cholera, please click here to make an online donation in support of our Community Health Program based in Haiti’s Central Plateau.