Haiti Grappling with Cholera Outbreak

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Just when we thought things couldn’t get worse in Haiti right now, cholera is back.

Three years had passed since Haiti’s last cholera case. The previous outbreak killed nearly 10,000 people from 2010 to 2019. Now, the waterborne disease has returned with at least 1,700 cholera cases confirmed — half of them children. Forty people have died so far.

Haiti was already struggling under hostile gang takeovers in major cities. A few somewhat-functioning medical centers are trying to treat cholera cases, but they lack something significant: fuel.

David Carwell with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Haiti says, “At the seaport, there’s a gang that’s blocking that fuel, so no diesel or gasoline is being released, and that’s just bringing many businesses and health care facilities to a halt.

“The roadblocks continue almost on a daily basis with demonstrations. However, the police right now are able to clear those more effectively. But there have been major roadblocks, not just burning tires, but vehicles across the road, cement blocks, electric poles, or trees. So those roadblocks really hamper transportation. Sometimes the blocks are accompanied by gangs that have rocks in their hands or guns or want a toll to pass.

“Another issue is looting. There’s been water, fuel, and food warehouses that have been looted in some of the major cities.”

Gang kidnappings for ransom continue, and schools have been shut down. It’s too dangerous for students and staff to meet. Travel across the island is increasingly precarious. Ministry staffers have to exercise caution.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for the salvation of gang members in Haiti!
  • Pray for Haitians to get the resources they need to combat cholera.
  • Pray for medical centers to be effective in treating the sick.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to open many doors for the Gospel.