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- Dec 3, '10 by agencynurse_rnHmmm, and what of all the money that was sent to help the Haitans? Who is in charge? Is anybody really organizing, mobilizing, and keeping records of the good and bad in Haiti? Sending warm bodies to a cesspool of human suffering without any clear organization, government cooperation, and meaningful tools is an exercise in futility.
- Dec 4, '10 by indigo girlQuote from agencynurse_rnI know what you mean. Sadly, the people, especially the kids are caught in between all that mess. I'm looking at the photo in this link at how thin these children are at this orphanage, and they are the lucky ones. This is before cholera came.Hmmm, and what of all the money that was sent to help the Haitans? Who is in charge? Is anybody really organizing, mobilizing, and keeping records of the good and bad in Haiti? Sending warm bodies to a cesspool of human suffering without any clear organization, government cooperation, and meaningful tools is an exercise in futility.
It's a mess.
Failure in â€˜The Republic of NGOs' - thestar.com
Quote from www.thestar.com(thanks to crofsblog for the link)Even before the earthquake, Haiti was often called “The Republic of NGOs,” with more aid groups and charities per capita than any place on the planet.
What is certain is that, in Haiti, the NGOs have become a vital fact of everyday life. In the absence of a viable government — the new leader of which may become clearer Tuesday with the announcement of preliminary results from last month's election — the majority of local services are delivered by NGOs, from water, vaccinations and clinics to schools.
“The work they're doing is life-saving and necessary, no question about it,” says Mark Schuller, an anthropologist and assistant professor at the City University of New York who has worked extensively in Haiti.
- Dec 7, '10 by indigo girlThe Case Against the Nepalese
H5N1: Haiti: The case against the Nepalese
No disease exists in a vaccum, and this disease was imported from somewhere outside the country.
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.comRespected French epidemiologist Professor Renaud Piarroux conducted a study in Haiti last month and concluded the epidemic began with an imported strain of the disease that could be traced back to the Nepalese base, the official said.
"The source of the infection came from the Nepalese camp," the source told AFP, speaking on condition on anonymity as he was not authorised to discuss a report that has not yet been made public.
"The starting point has been very precisely localised," he said, pointing to the UN base at Mirebalais on the Artibonite river in central Haiti.
- Dec 7, '10 by indigo girlRenaldo's Obituary
Dying in Haiti: Renaldo's Obituary
How can anyone witness these deaths for long? I can barely stand to read of them.
Quote from dyinginhaiti.blogspot.com(crofsblog)Renaldo, eight months old, of Bon Repos, Haiti was pronounced dead at 9:05 AM this morning at a Cholera Treatment Center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Renaldo was the son of his Papa and Mama who were present at his death.
Renaldo was admitted to the Cholera Treatment Center yesterday with his mother who is also a patient there. She witnessed his death lying on a green cholera cot just a few feet away.
- Dec 20, '10 by indigo girlH5N1: Haiti: 2,481 cholera deaths as of December 15 (revised)
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.comCumulatively, the country has now seen 117,580 cases, 60,644 hospitalizations, and 2,481 deaths. This reduction from 2,535 is unexplained. Perhaps it's more accurate than the December 14 tally, but it gives us even more reason to mistrust the ministry's numbers.
- Dec 27, '10 by indigo girlH5N1: Haiti: 2,707 cholera deaths as of December 18
CFR stands for case fatality ratio. The numbers in certain parts of that country are really shocking. 15.9% of the infected in Nipples died. To me, this is just unbelieveable.
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.comCumulatively, the cholera numbers from the start of the outbreak are 128,251 cases, 68,764 hospitalizations, and 2,707 deaths. CFR: 2.1 percent.
However, if you look at the departmental breakdowns, you'll see some horrendous CFRs: 4.9 percent in Sud, 6.0 percent in Nord Est, 13.8 percent in Sud Est, and 15.9 percent in Nippes. As always, we can assume that these numbers are a severe undercount.
We are still over a week behind. Perhaps we'll get more numbers later today.
- Jan 10, '11 by indigo girlH5N1: Haiti: 3,732 cholera deaths as of January 5
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.comCumulatively, Haiti has now seen 178,440 cases, with 99,631 hospitalizations. The total number of deaths so far is now 3,732, and the overall CFR is 2.1 percent. As always, assume these numbers are incomplete and probably a serious undercount.
- Feb 16, '11 by indigo girlhttp://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2...ebruary-9.html
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.comon february 9, 654 cholera cases were reported, with 357 hospitalizations and 4 deaths. this brings the total cases since the outbreak began to 231,070, with 124,482 hospitalizations and 4,549 deaths. statistics continue to be incomplete for grande anse, nord, and sud.
- Sep 12, '11 by indigo girlhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisf...nustah-cholera
It is interesting that the source of infection can be detected. Every infectious agent comes from a previously infected host. Frequently the hosts do not know that they are infected before passing on the disease. That is probably what happened in this case, but I am giving the Nepalese the benefit of doubt. Maybe they did know, but most likely not.
Quote from www.guardian.co.ukOn 6 August, a unit of the 12,000 member United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (Minustah) based in the central plateau city of Hinche was caught dumping faeces and other waste in holes a few feet from a river where people bathe and drink. After complaints by locals and an investigation by journalists, city officials burned the waste near the Guayamouc river. The mayor of Hinche, André Renaud, criticised Minustah's flagrant disregard for the community's health and called for the expulsion of some foreign troops.
For anyone who has followed Minustah's operations this denial rings hollow. Ten months ago, reckless sewage disposal at the UN base near Mirebalais caused a devastating cholera outbreak (pdf). In October 2010, a new deployment of Nepalese troops brought the water-borne disease to Haiti that has left 6,200 dead and more than 438,000 ill.
Despite a mountain of evidence collected from local and international researchers, the UN refuses to take responsibility for the cholera outbreak. A November investigation by prominent French epidemiologist, Renaud Piarroux, pointed to the Nepalese troops as the probable origin of the cholera strain, as did a study published by the journal of the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and an investigation by Nepalese, Danish and Americans researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Arizona. Released last Tuesday, the latter study showed that the genomes of bacteria from Haitian cholera patients were virtually identical with those found in Nepal when the peacekeepers left their country in 2010.