As of December 4, there were just over 93,000 recorded cases and 2,120 deaths. Cholera cases have now been reported in all departments of Haiti. Artibonite remains the most affected.
Recent violence resulting from the announcement of the first round of Presidential election results has limited some of World Vision’s programming, including essential cholera prevention and treatment activities. Disruptions to the provision of water due to roadblocks in Port-au-Prince is of particular concern to World Vision and other agencies, as Cholera Treatment Centers (CTCs) and Cholera Treatment Units (CTUs) cannot adequately function without a steady supply of clean water.
Efforts are underway to appeal for “humanitarian corridors," allowing medical staff and those with cholera to pass through road barricades. It is not clear at this point when all cholera programming will resume.
Given the disruption to activities, this report will provide the cumulative totals of cholera prevention and treatment activities since the start of the outbreak. Since the beginning of the cholera outbreak, World Vision’s work has included:
Water trucking, reaching more than 100,000 people per day
Distribution of water treatment tablets, reaching nearly 500,000 people
Construction of 48 latrines (in addition to the hundreds already constructed after the earthquake)
Desludging of 253 mobile latrines regularly
Soap distributions reaching mroe than 500,000 people
Handwashing stations in 215 primary schools and learning centers
Hygiene education for nearly 60,000 people in communities and more than 65,000 children in schools and learning centers
Truck disinfection for 45 desludging trucks per day
11 Oral Rehydration Centers (ORCs)
The establishment of a CTU (Cholera Treatment Unit) in Port-au-Prince
Medical supplies to 12 hospitals
World Vision plans to scale up the number of ORCs, CTUs and CTCs in coming weeks. Hygiene education and water treatment is also likely to increase significantly once normal activities resume.