Haiti lies in ruin and cholera threatens even more lives

Haiti situation update- Oct. 12 2016

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The entire country of Haiti is damaged from deadly Hurricane Matthew’s blow, but the western edge of Haiti was devastated. The towns of Les Cayes, Port Salut and Jérémie have whole blocks that are rubble.

And now cholera is threatening even more lives. Haiti was suffering from a cholera epidemic even before the hurricane. More than 10,000 people have died from cholera since the 2010 earthquake. Now natural water sources are contaminated by storm water and sewage overflow.

$1 million worth of medicines and medical supplies  needed in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew have been offered to Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) and more offers continue to arrive daily. These medicines are being donated by pharmaceutical and healthcare companies in Canada.

“This is very encouraging because we currently have a shortage of medicines at our Oakville distribution centre following some relief projects for Syrian refugees,” says Denis St-Amour, President of HPIC. “Over 26 years of operation, we know that when emergencies strike vulnerable populations, the Canadian industry rallies to the international call to help.”

Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti Oct. 4, 2016. The Category 4 hurricane was the most powerful storm in the Caribbean in the last decade.

“Some towns and villages have been almost wiped off the map,” said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The secretary general called for a massive international response to prevent more deaths in Haiti.

HPIC has several implementing program partners on the ground and will be mobilizing emergency medical relief in the weeks to come.

Food For The Poor, a partner agency, says “the death toll in Haiti continues to rise and Haitian officials are estimating that at least 350,000 people need assistance, with 28,000 homes damaged.”

To date, AstraZeneca, Henry Schein, Johnson & Johnson, LEO Pharma Canada, Paladin, Patterson Dental, Pfizer, Pharmascience and Taro have donated or committed to donating needed medical aid to HPIC’s Hurricane relief project.

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