In mid-October, cholera reappeared in Haiti after a 50-year absence. Mercy Corps immediately launched an emergency response to help contain the epidemic, delivering hygiene supplies, along with lifesaving prevention and treatment information, to vulnerable communities in Port-au-Prince camps and the Central Plateau.
Efforts to Date:
- Reached more than 75,000 people in high-risk rural areas with cholera prevention and treatment information and a two-week supply of water- treatment tablets.
- Ensured 14,000 displaced in Port-au- Prince camps have ongoing access to soap, clean water and latrines.
- Aired radio messages to relay key cholera information to 310,000 people.
Next in the Central Plateau:
- Distribute water-treatment tablets, oral rehydration salts and soap to 22,500 families.
- Establish 100 kiosks that provide regular chlorine supplies to 155,000 people to disinfect drinking water and household items.
- Employ a 40-person team to disinfect cholera-contaminated households.