Cholera Eradication -- Clean Water Project
A cholera epidemic has been confirmed in Haiti. The first cholera outbreak in Haiti in over a 100 years. So far there have been over 10,000 preventable deaths with no end in sight.
Haiti has struggled with public-health projects for decades. Even before the 2010 earthquake the country was already falling behind. In 2010 the earthquake brought further destruction to Haiti's infrastructure and in 2015 less than 10 % of Haitians currently have access to basic sanitation.
Cholera has spread everywhere. The public health infrastructure is strained to the brink. And hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the 2010 earthquake still live outdoors.
With deforestation being one of Haiti's main problems, issuing a boil water order for all of rural Haiti would be a disaster. We need solutions that do not require more trees being cut and burned as fuel.Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe diarrhea which leads to severe dehydration and possible death if untreated. It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae.
Nearly 1 in 5 child deaths worldwide are due to diarrhea. Diarrhea kills more children than AIDS, Malaria and Measles combined. In Haiti there is an urgent need for effective and affordable options for obtaining safe drinking water at home.
We have a two prong approach to stopping cholera. The first is education. A series of posters that teach the root causes of the disease and steps to avoid it and treat it. We need help to print and distribute posters throughout rural Haiti to educate the most vunerable. The posters also teach how to make an inexpensive rehydration fluid that can be given it orally until they can reach medical help .
Giving a simple rehydration drink made with 6 level teaspoons of sugar and 1/2 level teaspoon of salt dissolved in 1 liter of clean water can save lives. More than 10,000 people have needlessly died already .
We also would like to distribute zinc tablets to rural clinics that are overwhelmed and under supplied. A child with cholera or other diarrheal disease should receive a daily zinc supplement for 10–14 days.
Please watch a short video showing the difficulties of bringing education and medical supplies to remote villages.
Help us to bring Education and supplies to rural areas
Help us stop these needless deaths.
The second part of our cholera eradication plan is a sustainable solution that can be implemented quickly to stop the spread of cholera. A solution that gives instant access to safe drinking water. A solution that requires little or no further investment or intervention. That solution is a water treatment miracle called LifeStraw.
LifeStraw Water Purifier:
Removes minimum 99.9999% of bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction)
Removes minimum 99.99% of viruses (>LOG 4 reduction)
Removes minimum 99.9% of protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction)
Requires no electrical power, batteries or replacement parts
Requires no running water or piped-in water supply
Has an easy-to-clean pre filter and purification cartridge
Watch a short instructional video on using the LifeStraw.
LifeStraw® and LifeStraw® Family are both point-of-use water solutions that address affordably obtaining safe drinking water at home and outside. Lifestraw yields health, economic and environmental benefits; contributing to overall wellness through poverty reduction, childhood survival, greater school attendance, and environmental sustainability.
The consumption of safe drinking water through LifeStraw water filters prevent children from acquiring diarrhea and other waterborne diseases, ensuring that children wake up healthy each morning to continue their education.
Lifestraw alleviates the spread of cholera and other water borne disease and also eliminates the need to boil drinking water. Haiti's forests have been decimated. With the Lifestraw, they no longer need firewood to boil water, helping stop Haiti's deforestation and at the same time reducing carbon emmissions.
"Safe Drinking Water is the basic right of every human being"
LifeStraw is a point-of-use water treatment system intended for routine use in third world settings. LifeStraw Family filters 18,000 liters* of water, enough to supply a family of five with microbiologically clean drinking water for three years, removing the need for repeat intervention .