Strengthening Cholera prevention after hurricane Matthew

400.000 people[1], including children, were granted of safe water access with the support of UNICEF and its partners as part of Matthew ‘answer, from October 2016 to April 2017. Those projects are implemented in the South and Grand’Anse departments, thanks to grants given by the donors such as the Department for International Development (DFID), the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) along with the Japanese, Australian, Norwegian and Swedish Government. La Savanne, one of the most vulnerable district in Les Cayes, is part of the recipients.

the water system at La Savanne

11 a.m. The sun is almost to its zenith. Some La Savanne ’inhabitants are marching in front of its water treatment unit lining up their empties gallons and buckets. No hustle, everyone is waiting for his own turn with discipline. The atmosphere is pleasant, full of friendly discussions and laughs.

 

Women and teenagers are dominant among people who are making water provision from the La Savanne water treatment unit. Between them, some men are participating in the conversations.

“I’m coming to draw water to these taps every day because of its treatment. In the aftermath of the Matthew hurricane, some people from the district contracted Cholera. Fortunately, they have been able to beneficiate from the essential health care right in time”, said Blaise, one of the inhabitant.

La Savanne district was one of the communities that have known cholera reappearance following hurricane Matthew in October 3rd and 4th 2016. The number of registered cholera cases, in the South, was elevating to 500 between the 9th to the 15th of October[1], according to the Ministry of Public Health and Population. This number went to 37 for the same department during the week of the 25th to the 31st of December 2016[2].

les riverains venant puiser de l’eau

 

The reservoir of the Technical Centre of Exploitation (TCE) in Les Cayes in the La Savanne district is dysfunctional since the last fifteen years.

2000 gallons of water allocated daily

La Savanne is one of the biggest district in Les Cayes, counting 70.000 inhabitants according to the Haitian Institute of Statistics and Computing’s estimations in 2015[3].

Water treatment unit technicians are witnessing a huge attendance waiting for water: “We are guaranteeing available water as early as 8 a.m., at this moment people start to come generally. They are supplying all along the day, with more crowded moment during mornings and twilights”, according to one of the technicians.

This project allowed the crafting of others water treatment unit in the communities affected by Matthew in the South and Grand’Anse department, in particular in the cities of Port-Salut and Les Anglais (11 800 inhabitants[4]), as well as Les Cayes coast (Gelée Beach) and some others.

This project also promoted activities of hygiene awareness and promotion, as well as ongoing follows-up in order to maintain water quality daily serviced to the population.

[1] Profil statistique Cholera 2016 – SE52 : http://mspp.gouv.ht/site/downloads

[2] Profil statistique Cholera 2016 – SE41 : http://mspp.gouv.ht/site/downloads

[3] 2015, IHSI Institut Haïtien de Statistiques et d’Informatiques : http://www.ihsi.ht/pdf/projection/Estimat_PopTotal_18ans_Menag2015.pdf

[4] Idem

 

 

[1] https://www.unicef.org/appeals/files/UNICEF_Haiti_Humanitarian_Situation_Report_April_2017.pdf

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