Shelley wenk via Crowdrise
November 15, 2010
BENEFITING: International Medical Corps
Even before the catastrophic January earthquake, Port-au-Prince suffered from a broken health infrastructure and poor water and sanitation conditions. Devastation following the earthquake and the recent hurricane has raised new concerns that the tent camps are extremely vulnerable to contagious diseases like cholera. In addition to prepositioning cholera medications and staff in the city, International Medical Corps also has activated a highly effective and vast network of community educators via the Boy Scouts leadership, religious congregations, and other community organizations throughout Haiti; as part of an intensive health education outreach effort in each community. They, along with local health officials, are being trained to educate their communities on proper hygiene practices, as well as identify and refer cholera cases for treatment.
(full press release here: http://www.internationalmedicalcorps.org/Page.aspx?pid=1837)
International Medical Corps is an amazing organization that has been on the ground in Haiti since 22 hours after the January 12 earthquake, and is still in Haiti now providing lifesaving medical care and training local staff to build local capacity.
They have been responding to the outbreak of cholera in Haiti, and will need additional resources as the need for treatment rises in the wake of Hurricane Tomas.