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Haiti Cholera Emergency Response

Haiti was shaken to the core by the devastating earthquake of January 2010. Ten months later, the first cases of cholera in 80 years were reported in the north-west of the country. There have been 274,418 cases of cholera reported to date, and 4,787 people have died. Plan is taking action to help.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 October 2010 to 12:00 PM, 1 June 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (276035)

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  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

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Situation

Ten months after the devasting earthquake of January 2010, the people of Haiti faced a fresh challenge as the first cases of cholera in 80 years were reported in the north-west of the country. With limited water and sanitation and with over a million people still living in camp conditions, the cholera outbreak quickly took hold, growing into an epidemic by the end of 2010. Plan's response remains an urgent priority, as, with the start of the rainy season in June, the situation is set to worsen.

Solution

Plan's expertise in water and sanitation and our well-established presence in communies meant that we were ideally situated to take immediate action to help the people of Haiti contain and survive the epidemic. We are helping local health facilities cope with the outbreak, spreading awareness of how to avoid and treat cholera, and improving water and sanitation infrastructure. We have been working with communities where facilities are particularly poor - in remote areas and camps.