In the wake of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed more than 300 people and sickened thousands, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is ramping up efforts to prevent the spread of the disease to vulnerable populations in Port-au-Prince.
"The cholera outbreak in Haiti is the worst case scenario," said Fritz Bissereth, country director for ADRA Haiti. "We could not be unconcerned about these particularly difficult moments in the life of the country."
As a result, ADRA is focusing cholera awareness efforts in various camps in Carrefour, a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince where thousands of displaced persons have been living in makeshift shelters since the deadly January 12 earthquake. Using live drama presentations, pamphlets and posters in the local Creole language, ADRA staff and volunteers have instructed residents on the dangers of cholera and prevention practices. In addition, hand sanitizers and a total of 2,880 water purification tabs have been distributed to camp residents. Each tab can disinfect 2.6 gallons (10 liters) of water.
The following video tells the incredible story of one little boy's journey. Job was dropped off at Mission of Hope Haiti and from that moment, his life was forever changed. Although not directly related to Hopital Adventiste, it is relevant is many volunteers to HAH.
Inside the courtyard of St. Nicholas Hospital, beyond the gate with the handwritten sign stating “Diarrhea Emergency Only,” lies a grim but unusually orderly scene at the epicenter of this country’s unexpected cholera epidemic. Scores of children and adults are doubled over or stretched out on every available surface, racked by convulsive stomach disorder or limp with dehydration. Buckets sit by their sides, intravenous solutions drip into their arms. Life hangs in the balance, yet there is a sober, almost eerie calm.
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On February 24th, 2010 a dedicated delegation of photogenX photographers traveled to Haiti with hopes to document and connect, speak truth and listen, hold hands and give hugs within the context of Haiti's present circumstances. Upon returning home their work, research, and experiences were presented to a community of influential people from around the world and as a result a movement for ethically responsible development is being galvanized.
This video speaks of a common-humanity willing to love ones global neighbors and the belief that there is "strength in unity" (which is the official mantra of Haiti). The producers pray that the video will serve to help us all remember those who struggle and to open our hearts to struggle along-side.
Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv has produced images of conflict and humanitarina crises, including the quake in Haiti, that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the Cold War.
With more than 100 confirmed dead and thousands infected, Operation Blessing is responding to an outbreak of cholera in the Haitian town of St. Marc and providing families with desperately needed clean water.
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In the areas of Haiti affected by the January 12, 2010 earthquake, everyone has a story. 35 Seconds is an account of the devastating earthquake from nine people who lived through it and continue to live through it everyday. This thirteen-minute documentary tells the story of a mother who held on to her daughter so tightly that she tore her clothes, an uncle who returned home to find his nephew dead, a man who saw “buildings dancing” and then fall flat, and a woman who was trapped for two days with five of her friends and was the only one to make it out alive. It tells the story of a mother who did not put her baby down for a nap that afternoon, and a little girl trapped under her house for four days.
“In medical school, they gave us disaster training,” says Dr. Dubique Kobel. “But I never thought I’d find myself in a situation like this.”
In the aftermath of the January earthquake that devastated Haiti, Dr. Kobel immediately began using his medical training to help his injured neighbors in Port-au-Prince. Today, as director of a PIH clinic that serves Parc Jean-Marie Vincent, a large settlement where 80,000 of earthquake survivors now live, he is still tirelessly providing medical care to those most in need.
Watch a video from the Abundance Foundation documenting Dr. Kobel’s work and life at Parc Jean-Marie Vincent.