Caribbean Briefs for October 13-11


PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti: Cholera cases in Haiti are increasing, according to Doctors Without Borders (DWB).

“In the space of a month, we have gone from fewer than 300 admissions a week to more than 850 which, unfortunately, suggests that the situation will worsen in the weeks to come,” Gaétan Drossart, Head of the DWB Mission in Haiti says.

At present, the organization’s teams are fighting cholera in Port-au-Prince, as well as in the departments of Artibonite, Nord and Ouest.

In Haiti, almost a year after the cholera outbreak began, resources for adequately preventing the disease remain rudimentary and at the mercy of the uncertainties of life in the country.


PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti: Green Energy Solutions, a Haitian company, has installed solar lighting equipment in Cardeaux and Petionville Club, two camps housing earthquake victims, according to Solar Electric Light Fund, the executing NGO for the project.

Since installing 68 and 32 street lamps in both camps, respectively, from July through to September, reported incidents of violent crime – sexual assaults and robberies – against residents have dropped, the NGO has reported.

The project was funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Global Environment Facility as part of a larger US$1.5 million green energy project in Haiti.

A second phase of the green energy project will be carried out over the next few months, with the installation of photovoltaic systems in 12 hospitals and health posts in south-western Haiti.

As part of the project, local electricians will be trained to maintain and repair solar-powered equipment.

“As an engineer, I am enthusiastic about this project because Haiti has a huge potential to harness solar power,” said Kenol Pierre Thys, the IDB’s project manager. “As a Haitian, I am glad this technology is helping improve the living conditions of the people who have suffered the most.”

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