Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

The recent and rapidly growing epidemic of cholera in Northern Haiti has grabbed the attention of the Global DIRT medical team. We have already sent a team to Artibonite to gather information and assess which specific aid will be required in the area. Primarily, Global DIRT hopes to install a Noah Water Purification System in the affected area to clean up the drinking water of the displaced persons and curb further outbreaks of cholera. The NOMAD Purification system is capable of producing 136,000 liters of potable water daily. Our team recently installed one of these units successfully in the aftermath of the Pakistan floods and we have been impressed with its efficiency. Its use would both curtail further outbreaks of cholera in Haiti as well as provide safe drinking water for those in the region most affected by the epidemic.

Cholera is caused by a virus in contaminated drinking water. It causes severe diarrhea and vomiting, leading to dehydration. Cholera can be fatal within hours or days and can spread rapidly, especially in environments similar to those created by the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. Its treatment involves a rigid re-hydration process, requiring a large amount of clean, safe drinking water. The NOMAD Purification unit that the DIRT team hopes to install would help rehydrate affected patients. Furthermore, this purification unit would clean up the contaminated water that continues to make more people sick daily.

Ultimately, we would like to ask you again to donate to our organization to support Haiti. We sincerely promise that every dollar goes directly toward helping the effected citizens of Haiti as we work hard to raise the $15,000 to purchase another Noah Water Purification system. If you can purchase a plastic bottle of water at home, or feel safe drinking water from your faucet, take a moment to step into the shoes of a Haitian in these radically different circumstances. If you have the ability to give anything at all, please follow the link on our website. Otherwise, thank you sincerely for continuing to spread awareness of the need for aid in Haiti and for your support of our organization.

The Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT)

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