Cholera in Haiti
|Water for the Hospital Emergency Room|
Is anyone paying attention to the plight of Haiti anymore? Unfortunately the rebuild (after the earthquake on Jan 12, 2010) never really happened and Haiti seems as poor and troubled as ever. Over 800,000 people still live in makeshift tent encampments. Now they are plagued with a cholera epidemic that just won't stop. It is nearly impossible to eradicate cholera when sanitation is poor, clean water is scarce and people have no resources.
Thousands of Haitians live in rural communities that are isolated because of poor roads and no real facilities. Many of these villages are inaccessible to cars or trucks. Poor water hygiene is the cause of cholera in these areas and rains flush contaminated soil into the rivers and people get infected.
|The Port Au Prince Hospital after the Earthquake|
Despite my interest in Haiti, I have been unable to understand the government (or lack of) and why the billions of dollars in pledged aide has been so ineffective. We have Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in partnership with other governments who pledged to help rebuild Haiti from the ground up. What has happened?
|After the Earthquake, Hospital Tent|
When was the last time Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton visited Haiti? Why is there not an outcry from other Nations, including the U.S. at what we are seeing just a few miles from our borders.
Partners in Health is still on the ground providing health care. Doctors and Nurses from San Francisco have not forgotten Haiti and another mission to work with local doctors and provide supplies and training is underway. As great as this is, it is just a drop in the ocean of misery for Haiti.
A large scale solution is needed and it must be undertaken by the government of Haiti.