Cholera vaccination campaign for Haitians hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew
More than 729 000 people in Haiti have been vaccinated against cholera to reduce the burden of severe illness and deaths in areas at high risk.
With the support of WHO/PAHO and other partners including UNICEF, International Medical Corps, the Red Cross and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, vaccination teams have reached more than 90% of people in the departments of Grand Anse and Sud where cholera cases had been reported and water and sanitation systems were damaged by the hurricane.
Since Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti on 4 October, more than 5800 suspected cholera cases have been reported by the Ministry of Health, while the population in need of humanitarian assistance remains at 1.4 million, and more than 175 000 people are still in shelters, according to PAHO’s latest situation report.
A large team of supervisors, nurses, health workers and town criers were mobilized to roll out the campaign. Pictured here is a team from partner organizations and the local health authorities, with PAHO/WHO Representative Dr Jean-Luc Poncelet and Haiti’s Minister of Public Health, Dr Daphne Benoit.
WHO/PAHO continues to support Haiti to rehabilitate health facilities, train health workers, and improve access to chlorinated water and other interventions to improve hygiene and protect people's health.