The cholera epidemic in Haiti remains a serious threat to the people

by Klaus Ruhrmann, 2011/07/25

The pictures of starved people in Africa can hardly be described in words. In my thoughts I am with the humedica mission teams that provide food and medical aid to the people at the Horn of Africa and show admirable commitment under the most adverse conditions.

Klaus Ruhrmann (right) and Dr. Stephan Kusick in front of the out-patient treatment tent for cholera patients in Drouin. Photo: humedica

In the shadow of the disaster in Africa, we would also like to remember the humedica teams and the cholera epidemic in Haiti.

During the past four weeks more than 400 people died of cholera in Haiti. According to most recent numbers from the Ministry of Health and Population (MSPP), almost 6,000 persons have fallen victim to the bacterial infection between October 2010 and the beginning of July 2011.

According to official data, 388,958 persons have come down with cholera since the beginning of the epidemic, and 207,000 infected persons had to be treated at hospital. The highest number of deaths was recorded in the western department, including Port-au-Prince: 1,363 persons did not survive.

For curbing the cholera epidemic in the long term, the people in Haiti not only lack clean drinking water, but also an urgently necessary sensitisation towards hygiene issues.

In close cooperation with the United Nations, the humedica team supplies a so-called Cholera Treatment Centre in Drouin (Artibonite). This centre disposes of eight beds set up in a tent and a ward with five to seven in-patient beds.

By means of a weekly mobile hospital, the humedica team reaches people in the almost inaccessible regions of the community of Grande Saline and offer them general medical care, sensitisation towards hygiene issues and motivate them to take more effective preventive measures.

For drinking water purification, we distribute aquatabs and show those attending how to use them optimally by means of instructive pictures. On a whole, we unfortunately have to say that the epidemic is far from being curbed and that those affected still urgently need our targeted help and our experience regarding the medical handling of epidemics.

You can support us by means of a targeted donation to the account below:

      humedica e.V.
      Donation reference"Earthquake Haiti"
      Account 47 47
      Bank code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren
      SWIFT/BIC-CODE: BYLADEM1KFB
      IBAN: 35734500000000004747

You can also make a donation in a secure, fast and simple way by means of sending a text message: send a message containing the reference DOC to +49 8 11 90. You will be charged 5 euros, with 4.83 euros of this amount being directly channelled into the humedica disaster relief projects. You can also make a donation via our online form. Thank you very much!

Klaus Ruhrmann (65, Rheda-Wiedenbrück) is an experienced specialised nurse and in a few days from now he will once more go on a mission to Haiti for a period of several weeks. There, he will manage the cholera relief measures in Drouin that have been described above.

Cholera is a threat above all to already weakened persons: children, women, elderly and already ill persons. Photo: humedica

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