Haiti in need of supplies to fight against cholera

By November 26, 2010

Haiti (MNN) — Haiti is in a constant state of difficult circumstances. First there was the January 12 earthquake that killed thousands and left millions homeless. Then came flooding, which continues to complicate sanitary and living conditions for the Haitian people, and now has caused a high spike in cases of cholera.

There seems to be no relief for this nation, which is considered the poorest country in the western hemisphere. According to Haitian Health Ministry, 917 Haitians have died from cholera, and over 14,600 people are in the hospital being treated.

Bright Hope International has access to immediate aid and desires to respond to the nation, but funds are needed. Bright Hope president Craig Dyer says, "Our indigenous church network and partners in Haiti are aligned and ready to receive and distribute life savings rehydration supplies and medicines."

The cause of cholera is an infection with bacterium called Vibrio cholerae. It is spread through contaminated water and food and is seen in most areas that are poor and don't have a clean water supply. Many fluids are released after contracting this infection and may cause rapid death 2-5 days after infection if not treated. Oral rehydration and antibiotics are the cure.

Bright Hope supports various countries, but due to multiple disasters over the past 10 months, their funds have depleted. They are asking for help in assisting the Haitian people. Donating $5 can provide oral rehydration supplies and $10 for antibiotics. Dyer says, "Please keep the Haitian people in your prayers as they face yet another life-threatening challenge." Click here to donate.

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