A couple of weeks ago a few people in the area of Gran Sous came down with an unidentified illness. APDAG sponsored a young boy to drive an hour down to the clinic in Anse-a-Galets to receive treatment and identify the disease. When the APDAG member, the boy, and his mother reached the clinic, it was too full for the doctor to attend to the young boy. The young boy was given an IV, but died during the night.
The costs associated with the visit to the clinic were higher than expected and delayed the water test of the treatment facility in Gran Sous. We are also sad to report that one of the midwives who participated in the trainings in March also just passed away from the disease.
Roots of Development is working with APDAG and local World Vision staff to organize a coordinated effort to fight the disease. World Vision is considering the idea of putting a cholera treatment center in the area. Health officials are recommending that people wash their hands regularly, do not share the same bathing facility, and burn any cloth that has been near people with cholera. Communication has been difficult lately due to heavy rains, but we will continue to update you as we receive more information.