Ms. Maria Luisa Fornara, the new UNICEF Representative in Haiti, paid a short visit to the Center Department. She met with several partners in the field of water, hygiene and sanitation and the fight against cholera. The main objective was to understand the different challenges and progresses in these areas. Ms. Fornara had very fruitful discussions with Dr. Jasmin Paul Menahel, a cholera control high ranking officer in the Department of centre for the Ministry of Health (MSPP).
Mirebalais, August 17, 2018- Early in the morning the UNICEF car hits the road. On board, the former and new head of the Emergency section of UNICEF, Gregory Bulit and Antonio Marro. After crossing the traffic, the road in the mountains of the department were offered to the delegation.
Ms. Fornara visited an acute diarrhea treatment center (CTDA) in Mirebalais and could talk with the nurses in charge of the Center. They expressed their determination of every day to provide the necessary care for their compatriots and to save lives.
The UNICEF Representative met with Zanmi Lasante (Partners in Health), a UNICEF partner in the field of water, hygiene and sanitation. The organization deals with the management of the CTDA and it is building, with funding from other donors, a modern CTDA with a larger capacity. The UNICEF Representative also visited the site.
“Zanmi Lasante evolves mainly in the care, per the attributions that we granted by the MSPP. It is necessary to continue by making sanitary cordon around the houses with suspected cases, however there are partners like ACTED, UNICEF and other organizations that make the community care. There is therefore a continuous coordination between us. We must maintain the bridge to give the maximum to the community, “said Dr. Kenia Vissières, program coordinator at Zanmi Lasante.
According to her, visits by senior officials, such as the UNICEF Representative, are always very important to see for themselves the challenges with a view to make their contribution.
To see progress in the fight against cholera
Pierre Davidson, technical coordinator of the cholera project at ACTED for the whole country, explains that the visit is important because it can see for itself the evolution of the response.
“It will allow her to understand what the fight against cholera is required. There is certainly a lot of progress, but much remains to be done to eradicate the epidemic across the country. She will also be able to see the commitment of the various actors in the fight against cholera, “he said.
Better understand the rapid response strategy
Ms. Fornara also followed a rapid response team in the field. Composed of members of ACTED and the MSSP, their main task is to fight and contain cholera. These teams deploy rapidly when there are suspected cases, to establish a cordon sanitaire around the home concerned. They are responsible for raising awareness about water, hygiene and sanitation; they decontaminate the houses; they distribute a kit containing soap, tablets for the chlorination of water, salts of oral rehydration.
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