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Monday, January 31, 2011


I went to Labadee today just to check with the clinic and the water purification system.

Firstly I spoke with Meme Rosette, one of the two nurses working at the clinic.
She said to me there's one cuban Doctor there currently but she'll be leaving on 25 or 27 of February. She also said volunteers are more than welcome to assist the Labadee clinic, because the clinic's always full of people particularly now because they used to have two or three Cubans at a time.

With regards to the water purification system, I went to see the old building they used to use for communal access to treated water. It hasn't worked for over three years, the equipment is old and damaged. The system that was in place treated the water through uv rays, but the glass has been smashed.

Vwa Aiyti distributed water filters last year to the three schools and some of the most needy families in Labadee.

I didn't see the mayor of the village because his not in haiti right now.

Louissaint Maxime

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Distribution to the cholera treatment facilities

This week has been a busy week for the network ground team. We received helicopters with lots of supplies to treat cholera, for example IVs and IV sets. We distributed them to the clinics on our list, for example Borgne Health Clinic, which has 5 or 6 patients per day, 25 in total, MSF and MSPP does support them but they call the network team when they don't have any more supplies. We have given them 14 boxes of IV, 4 boxes of gloves in each size 12 boxes in total, 5 vials 250 gm of ceftriaxone, etc.... At some of clinics the cholera rate has gone down because of the network team distributing some aquatabs and chlorox to the families and teaching them about cholera. The network team is making a big difference in Cap-Haitian as said from all of the cholera treatment facilities.  Juline

Friday, January 14, 2011

2400 litres of Lactated Ringer IVs sent by UN Russian Helicopter

Today the network received 2400 litres of IV fluid along with IV sets, critical for the ongoing treatment of cholera cases in the north and north east departments. We will be distributing it to over 15 clinics who are not supported by large NGOs such as MSF.

Hannah Steadman
Cap Haitien Health Network

Thursday, January 6, 2011

AmeriCares distribution completed

Today Farther Dorcin and Father Medenal collected the final supplies sent by AmeriCares earlier this week. These supplies include the much needed cholera treatment supplies as well as nutritional supplements and other medical supplies.

The picture show Father Medenal collecting his supplies.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

UN help transport supplies

We worked with the UN to move our current stocks of cholera supplies from our temporary storage at Haiti Hospital Appeal to the World Food Program Warehouse around the corner. This will be the main pick up of cholera supplies from our team for the foreseeable future.

AmeriCares supplies distributed to Shada Clinic

Thanks to AmeriCares we were able to distribute much needed ORS, IV sets and fluid, antibiotics, gloves, disinfectant, hand sanitizer, children's bandages and nutritional supplements. Madame Bwa and all the clinic staff where there to receive the supplies and were extremely grateful: the pharmacy is being restocked as we speak.

Before these supplies came the community of Shada was relying on Madame Bwa to make home-made oral serum day and night because of the poor access they have to treated water.

We also supplied some MSPP posters and creole educational info for the clinic staff.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Coram Cholera Supplies distributed to St Francois de Sales clinic

The team handed over a significant amount of cholera supplies today to St Francois de Sales clinic in Vaudreuil, thanks to Coram. They are receiving around 15 patients a day and treating them with ors +/- IV fluid to stabilise before referring onto the gymnasium, the closest CTC. Although they are well staffed, they have so far received no support in obtaining cholera supplies to support their service.

They were very grateful for the supplies we gave.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Cotelette and Jacquesyl Supplies brought to Cap by Helicopter

The team received two helicopter loads of supplies from AmeriCares today, thanks to German Help One. The supplies include nutritional supplement drinks as well as cholera supplies. We will be distributing these later this week.