A lot of people have been asking how they can help those who have gotten cholera here in Haiti. After being to a handful of Cholera Treatment Centers (CTCs) and talking to a bunch of people, it’s those organizations that are directly dealing with cholera patients that need to the most help right now. Here’s a break-down:
Doctors Without Borders has been managing the majority of the CTCs in Haiti since the epidemic began, and recently wrote a scathing message about how the other NGOs in the country need to step up their efforts (you can read that here). According the UN Health Cluster, which (attempts to) coordinate the distribution of aid in regards to health care, MSF is managing nine out of the 19 CTCs in the country, including the ones that are located in the worst parts of PAP. They are definitely someone who could use your hard-earned money, and they would put it to good use (you can donate here). Also, if you are a doctor or nurse and you speak fluent French or Kreyol, they are in desperate need for your help and you can volunteer with them for a period of no less than a month (for more info on that click here).
Elsewhere, the German Red Cross is running a CTC is Arcahaie, just an hour north of the city, and is doing a really great job trying to keep up with the overflow of patients that are constantly flooding in. In addition, they have taken their work a step farther and have started “mobile clinics” that drive through the surrounding areas and inform people about the symptoms of cholera, and what to do if they get it. Often times people just don’t have transportation to the hospital, so these mobile clinics are also working as makeshift ambulances if they come across someone who needs to get to a CTC ASAP. The website is in German, but inputting your credit card info is an international language. You can do that here.
Other Orgs that are managing CTCs are International Medical Corp (donate here), Partners in Health (Paul Farmer’s org, donate here), and Gheskio (donate on their homepage in the link to the left). All these organizations are doing great work, and not only are helping with the cholera outbreak, but they train Haitians to become medical professionals and work on hygiene promotion to stop the spread of disease in the future.
Almost every organization in Haiti is doing their best to step up and help with the cholera epidemic, and while they all need the help too (I’m sure), I truly think that if you want to directly help the people on the front lines of this epidemic, it’s those organizations listed above. These are trusted organizations with a history of working in this country, and if you are looking to make an impact then donating to them is the way to go.