In October 2010, Haiti suffered an outbreak of cholera that spread to affect more than 44,700 people had hospitalized some 47,000 persons and resulted in more than 2,100 deaths in less than two months as of mid-December. World Vision’s response was immediate, with distributions of medical supplies, emergency medications, and water purification tablets in affected areas around Port-au-Prince.
In displacement camps within Port-au-Prince, where crowded conditions made families particularly vulnerable to the spread of disease, World Vision ramped up proactive prevention efforts including hygiene education, hand-washing demonstrations, and soap distributions.
As the threat of cholera continues, World Vision remains committed to helping affected individuals get critical care and working to prevent the spread of the disease — particularly within the Port-au-Prince displacement camps. Our ongoing water, sanitation, and hygiene programs — which include continued hand-washing training – are encouraging healthy practices that will help combat future illness.