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2010 in review: key health issues

A child with cholera receiving IV fluid at a Hospital in Mirebalais, Artibonite province, Haiti
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Haiti: devastated by earthquake and cholera outbreak

In January, a severe earthquake struck Haiti, inflicting large-scale damage. WHO and its partners in the humanitarian health cluster responded to immediate health priorities, which included:

  • treating major trauma injuries
  • preventing infection of wounds
  • providing clean water and sanitation facilities
  • encouraging continuation of breastfeeding.

Later in the year, a cholera outbreak compounded the health challenges in the country. As part of a coordinated health response with partners, WHO/PAHO helped to establish cholera treatment centres, trained health workers and distributed medical supplies.

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