Addressing cholera in Haiti

The ongoing Haiti cholera outbreak is the worst epidemic of cholera in recent history, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a little over two years it has killed more than 7,900 Haitians and hospitalized hundreds of thousands. With this in mind, MedShare’s Western Regional Council decided to support St. Damien’s Hospital in Haiti by raising funds to ship them critically-needed medical aid. These supplies have already made a significant impact at the hospital. MedShare recently received this note of appreciation from our friend Wynn Walent, St. Damien’s National Director Assistant. Please take a moment to read his positive feedback, and see what we are able to accomplish together.

“We really do appreciate your support a great deal! So many of our patient’s lives are touched by the enormous support of MedShare. We are grateful for the friendship and resources provided by MedShare and are happy to share one such example.

The Paul family came to our cholera treatment center from roughly two hours away, just North of the rural town of Kenscoff. Two of the Paul children, ages 2 and 4, had come down suddenly with symptoms of cholera and were severely dehydrated upon arrival. Shortly after arrival, Mimause, the mother of the young children, also came down with symptoms. Thanks to the generous support of MedShare, not only was our pediatric center well stocked and prepared for the children, but our adult center was able to provide life saving treatment to Mimause as well.

As the cholera epidemic has faded from the headlines, funding our cholera efforts has become more and more difficult, and thanks to the support of MedShare, we’ve been able to see over 35,000 patients since the end of 2010. Essential donations such as IV sets and catheters have been essential to this work. In addition, medical equipment such as scales, infant warmers, pulse oximeters, and oxygen concentrators allow our staff to provide the highest level of care for our patients. MedShare’s system of ordering and delivering is incredibly efficient and effective and we always receive only what we requested. The supplies are high quality and well organized on delivery. We can’t thank MedShare enough for their vital support!”

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