WOW! This was a lovely picture below! We are missing these days of empty beds at the cholera house. The past week has been very busy. We are again seeing many, many patients with cholera.
The cholera house was donated by a local family here in Cazale. We are so thankful to them for offering this building to RHFH free of charge to care for those that are ill.
Each patient or visitor that goes in and out of the facility has to be sprayed down with a solution for alcohol.
Each person must wash their hands before entering the house. Then they put on a pair of gloves.
There is a place in the yard for those that are still able to walk but have cholera symptoms. They sit here and drink ORS for a while as we observe them. If/when they have vomiting or diar then a nurse checks that out and sees the color and amount to determine if it is indeed cholera like or just normal diar.
If they present with cholera like symptoms then they are moved to the porch and continue to drink and we observe them. Some are given medications. Some get better with the ORS and some are admitted into the house and put on IV fluids.
Once admitted into the house they are put on IV fluids and given medications as needed.
Of course you always have those that are very, very ill when they arrive. They are taken immediately into the house and put on IV fluids right away.
Most people recover quickly and are well within a few days. What a joy it is to see those that were so ill and near death be able to walk out and return home well.
Because there is no way we could hire staff to care for each individual person, a family member usually stays with them at the house. They are taught how to watch the IV’s and do some care of their family member.
When a patient is well enough to return home they are given one on one education about cholera and how to prevent it at their home and community. They are given ORS solutions, a hygiene kit and a pamphlet on cholera.
RHFH have currently spend close to $18,000 on the cholera outbreak here in our area. Our biggest costs has been IV fluids, alcohol, payroll and supplies for the house. We have had many, many donations from these groups or individuals, CAM (Christian Aid Ministries), Dr. Jen, Agape Flights, Debbie W., Jonthan M.,Mary, Jess, Anna, the Canada gals 🙂 Caroline T, Rhyan B, Port -au-Prince fellowship members, a vet named Paul, an oral surgeon,Nichole, Jess, Paul, ACWAM, Hickory Grove Church, Susan, Heartline and Samaritan’s Purse. (Please forgive me if I forgot someone!) These donations are on top of the $18,000 that has been spent.
We are currently purchasing IV fluids here in Haiti. We are paying $3.22 per IV bag and are getting this at a reduced price. A friends of ours has a contact that can get IV fluids in from the DR. We would be able to purchase these for $1.40 per bag. We would have to purchase in bulk and buy 1000 cases. But this would cover customs and it would be delivered to us. To purchases 1000 cases in Haiti it would cost us $38,640. To get it from the DR to would cost us $16,800. We could save $21, 840. We know that asking for $16,800 is a huge amount. But maybe someone knows of an organization, foundation or group that could help with this large need. We want you to spread the news for us.
Lori had a patient this week that expelled 11 liters of fluids in 12 hours. That is a lot. They needed lots of fluids through their veins to replace what they had lost. IV fluids are a must for the cholera patients that we are seeing. No donation is to small. We still have many, many needs for the patients-alcohol, clothing, sprayers, soap, paypal, chairs, tape, toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, bleach, and many other items.
Here is a chart below of the Cholera activity since Nov 9th-Dec19th. Currently we have given education about cholera to 41,136 people. This is extremely important in getting the word out to everyone about what cholera is and precautions to take for it. RHFH cholera house has had 457 admits since Nov 9th.
We are so thankful to each of you that have prayed for us and those that are ill. We are so thankful to those that have donated their time, resources, and funds for this current pressing need. We could not do this without you! RHFH is committed to helping cholera patients for as long as needed in our area. We fully understand that this is could be a long term project.