After the cholera outbreak: situation in Haiti remains tense – humedica teams establish important structures

by Caroline Klein/SRI,  2010/10/28

At the moment, each report from Haiti contains both good and bad news at once. Accordingly, today our coordinator Caroline Klein reports about two deaths and further infected persons, but she also points out the newly established structures regarding work at the hospital.

Dr Tobias Kees (left) and Ferdinand Hofer (both from Tübingen) are treating a little patient. Photo: humedica/Caroline Klein

Thanks to our cooperation with UNICEF, a separate tent could be set up for doing the triage, which is a highly important process (a kind of questioning and assessing of the patient) carried through before any treatment.

Furthermore, the two humedica teams have cleaned the hospital of Drouin and put the patients into separate rooms; people are supplied with clean drinking water and the team also disposes of sufficient medical equipment and materials.

“We can assume that by the end of this week at the latest, this hospital will achieve our standards and the standards set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) regarding the efficient treatment of cholera,” writes coordinator Caroline Klein in her latest report. “In the meantime, humedica is also listed as official partner of the WHO and the UN-OCHA in the cholera region.”

Up to the weekend, the authorities had considered Drouin to be a highly problematic case. However, thanks to the targeted relief measures implemented by the humedica team in cooperation with UNICEF, and thanks to the structures that have been established and the supply with medical equipment, this assessment could be improved substantially.

In the meantime, important standards have been set up at the hospital of Drouin which is now being operated by humedica. Photo: humedica/Caroline Klein

In the face of the improvements described above, the situation seems to be under control; however, cholera epidemics are considered to be unpredictable, once they have broken out. This is also confirmed by Caroline Klein: “Yesterday, we unfortunately had two more deaths and also newly infected patients”. Despite those setbacks, the humedica mission team is working hard day by day in order to keep the epidemic in Drouin at bay. “Our teams are highly motivated and they are doing great job”.

Together with our cooperation partner Stiftung des Deutschen Instituts für Katastrophenmedizin (Foundation of the German Institute for Disaster Medicine, Tübingen), humedica would like to ask the people in Germany for further targeted donations in order to support the fight against cholera in Haiti:

humedica e. V.
Donation reference “Haiti cholera
Account 47 47
Bank Code 734 500 00
Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

You can also support us in a secure, fast and direct way by means of making a donation via text message: simply send a text message containing the reference DOC to +49 8 11 90. Of the 5 euros you donate, 4.83 euros will be directly channelled into the humedica disaster relief projects.

Please also take note of the definitely intensive reporting about our mission in Haiti by the German media. Furthermore we would like to refer you to our social media presences on the internet: twitter (on this page Simon Oeckenpöhler reports directly from Haiti), facebook and myspace.

For media representatives:

Our mission team members in Haiti or our press spokesman Steffen Richter will be pleased to take part in further interviews. Please do not hesitate to contact us via the following contact data. Thank you very much.

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