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Mathnia (left) does the laundry in her house, with eight orphaned children. Photo: Carlos Cazalis/Oxfam

Blog: When will things let up for Haiti?

In the past ten months, a country that initially faced extreme poverty has dealt with a devastating earthquake, heavy rains and storms, and now a fast-spreading cholera epidemic. For outsiders, Haiti’s recovery seems frustratingly slow. For organizations working here, the question is where to start?

Groups of Nomads attend Oxfam's hygiene training sessions. Credit: Irina Fuhrmann/ Intermón Oxfam

Blog: Fighting a nomadic cholera in Chad

Cholera and human overcrowding are two concepts which seem to be intimately linked: urban enclaves, refugee camps and temporary emergency settlements are fertile ground for the spread of the epidemic. However in Chad, cholera is also transmitted in far more isolated circumstances, incubating in the bodies of the nomads who travel from one region to another. In this context, the unhygienic conditions, the poor quality of water and the lack of understanding about transmission of the disease make controlling the epidemic an enormously difficult task.

L'épidémie de choléra qui sévit au Tchad depuis le mois d'août a déjà causé la mort de plus de 160 victimes.

Blog: Au Tchad, le choléra "nomade"

Choléra et concentration humaine sont deux concepts qui semblent être intimement liés : des centres urbains, des camps de réfugiés ou des installations temporaires d'urgence constituent des terrains propices à la propagation de l'épidémie. Mais au Tchad, le choléra se propage aussi de manière isolée, véhiculé par les nomades au gré de leurs déplacements d’une région à l'autre.

L'ouragan Tomas a favorisé la propagation du choléra. Photo: Eduardo Munoz, avec l'aimable autorisation www.alertnet.org

Blog: Pour que le soleil revienne sur Haïti

La tempête Tomas était en chemin. Les journaux télévisés montraient les ravages qu´elle était en train de provoquer sur les îles des Caraïbes. La tempête, implacable et sans pitié, s´avançait vers Haïti ; un pays qui venait à peine de se remettre du tremblement de terre du 12 janvier et qui devait faire face à une épidémie de choléra.

The rain dropped by Hurricane Tomas across Haiti has created perfect conditions for the spread of cholera. Photo by Eduardo Munoz, courtesy www.alertnet.org

Blog: Praying for sun in Haiti

Tomas was on its way. News reports showed it lashing islands in the Carribean, relentless in its mission, unforgiving on the people. And it was on its way to Haiti. A country that was still getting over the earthquake in January and dealing with an outbreak of cholera.

Blog: Oxfam cholera response in Cap Haitien: Voice from the field

Before activities were stopped due to violent demonstrations, Oxfam was providing clean water, sanitation services and hygiene education to 300,000 people living in slums in the city of Cap Haitien. Elodie Martel is leading Oxfam’s cholera response program in Cap Haitien in northern Haiti, and sent in this report on Tuesday, 16 November.

Blog: Épidémie de choléra en Haïti: “Cette maladie ne pourra pas nous abattre”

Au centre d’Haïti, la province d’Artibonite est recouverte d’eau. Alors que nous traversons la région, frappée dimanche par une épidémie de choléra, et au troisième jour de notre intervention d’urgence, tout ce que je vois c’est de l’eau : des rizières, des canaux d’irrigation, des cours d’eau, des puisards et des flaques.

Blog: Haiti cholera outbreak: "This disease can’t beat us"

In central Haiti, the Artibonite province is awash in water. As we drive through the cholera-stricken region on Sunday, day three of our emergency cholera response, I see water everywhere – rice paddies, irrigation canals, small rivers, cesspools and puddles.

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