Water and Sanitation – Cholera response In late October 2010, cholera broke out in Haiti. International Medical Corps was one of the first organisations to respond, with 37 cholera treatment centres (CTCs) and mobile medical units caring for tens of thousands of cholera patients within months. We trained and mentored more than 1,200 doctors, nurses, and community health workers so that our network of CTCs could be staffed largely by local health professionals.
A focus on water and sanitation projects has laid the foundation necessary for Haiti to eradicate cholera in the long term, through building latrines, hand washing stations, and waste disposal systems across urban and rural locations.
With support from the European Commission we are currently responding to cholera outbreaks in the North and North East Departments of Haiti. International Medical Corps has established an alert system and a comprehensive treatment regime at all health centres that is helping to reduce the number of cases and the risk of death from cholera.
Our response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake International Medical Corps was on the ground delivering lifesaving medical care 22 hours after the earthquake. More than 16,000 people received care through our work at Hospital de Universite d’Etat d’Haiti. At the peak, our volunteer doctors and nurses saw as many as 1,000 patients a day whilst simultaneously training Haitian counterparts.