-October 29th, 2010 @ 3:37 pm
“Last Sunday Jean Marc Zamor and I called back into action the health team, which we had put together in the early phases of the earthquake, to respond to the cholera epidemic. This is a Haitian team consisting of two doctors, several nurses, and some community organizers, about a dozen all told. The team has been spending this week in the Dessalines area. The medical people are helping the staff at the DRHP (Dessalines Rural Health Program). We have had 50,000 fliers printed up and the community mobilizer part of the team is traveling the region, working through the local churches to educate people how to protect themselves and how to respond with early symptoms of the disease. In addition to the fliers, we purchased medicine based on a list provided by Dr. Dan Snyder, as well as bleach and hand cleaner for distribution.”
Specific prayer requests from Rick and Cookie Ireland: “Please pray that this epidemic will be stopped, that there will be no more deaths, that needed personnel and supplies will reach those affected. Pray for continued strength for the Haitian people as they face yet another crisis.”
-October 26th, 2010 @ 8:07 am
Update from Dr. Dan Snyder, Mon., Oct. 25
“Dee Ann and I just returned from Dessalines. We received 193 cases of cholera at the hospital from the onset Tuesday evening through Friday a.m. (the day we left). Dr. Jerry Rusher and Dr. Garrett Stanley will be at Dessalines Hospital until Nov. 9, working with three Haitian national doctors and the nursing staff. … The hospital is once again having to treat everyone for free. Jean Castel Joseph, hospital administrator, said on Friday: ‘How much more can Haiti suffer!’”
Update from BNO News, Mon., Oct. 25
“At least 250 people have died in Haiti and around 3,000 others are sick after having been infected with cholera as aid workers are struggling to contain what appears to be a widespread epidemic, local media reported on Monday. Most of the victims are from the rural areas of the Bas Artibonite region and in Saint Marc, located north of the Haitian capital Port-Au-Prince. Five cases were discovered in Port-au-Prince this weekend, which has caused concern that the disease could be spreading. The cases discovered in the capital were people who had traveled from the infected central region to the city. Officials believe the disease has not spread in the capital, but fears continue that the disease will spread sooner or later.”
-October 23rd, 2010 @ 3:03 pm
Update from Rick Ireland – Saturday, October 23
“I know the news is full of the cholera outbreak in the north part of Haiti. We have been expecting something like this long before now. I spoke with Dr. Dan (Snyder) yesterday who said that the key for us was to wash our hands a lot, be careful of what we eat and where it came from, and drink filtered water. These things have been standard operating procedure since I have been here. Do keep Haiti lifted up in prayer as many Haitian don’t have the resources that we do to protect ourselves.”
From CBC News
An outbreak of cholera is worsening in Haiti, and moving closer to the country’s earthquake-devastated capital, Port-au-Prince. As of the most recent reports on Saturday evening, the disease has killed at least 208 people and sickened another 2,674. The outbreak began in the rural Artibonite region, which hosts more than one million quake refugees. Health officials fear what could happen if the disease spreads to Port-au-Prince, where hundreds of thousands of quake survivors live in tarp camps.
Cholera is a waterborne bacterial infection spread through contaminated water. It causes severe diarrhea and vomiting that can lead to dehydration and death within hours.