10-21-16.– Doctors Without Borders has joined the staff of the hospital in its fight against the Cholera flare-up and to help the victims of Hurricane Matthew.
It has been reported that so far they have treated 195 patients with Cholera, 130 patients with wounds sustained during the hurricane.
A few deaths from Cholera have occurred at the hospital. However, a higher number of deaths have been recorded in the neighboring villages of the commune.
10-19-16. Konbit Pou Potapiman (KPP) members in Haiti are guiding us on the course of action to revitalize Port-a-Piment.
Sanitation is on the list of priorities. KPP has purchased the tools deemed necessary for cleaning up the town. Wheelbarrows, rakes, machetes, shovels have been delivered to Port-a-Piment. The cleaning schedule has been established. 120 people are working to clear the town of debris left by Hurricane Matthew. The work started on Tuesday october 18th, 2016.
KPP has acquired a solar powered water filtration system (gift from the non profit organization Men nan Men), capable of providing 500 gallons of potable water daily. Two young men from the locality had traveled to Port-au-Prince to be trained in the upkeep of the system. The filtration system is now operational.
We will keep you informed on our progress as we continue to assess the need to restore the projects damaged by hurricane Matthew .
October 14th, 2016.- Ten (10) days after Hurricane Matthew made landfall on the southwestern peninsula of Haiti, the situation on the ground continues to be worrisome. Only a trickle of relief efforts is beginning to reach the area. The cholera epidemic and need for potable water continue to be the major problems facing the commune of Port-a-Piment. The mayor, Mr. Raymond Pierre-Louis, told us that as of last weekend, 48 patients had died at the hospital following the hurricane. From the Konbit Pou Potapiman members on the ground, we are slowly getting a clearer picture of the extent of the devastation. So far:
- In the first section of the commune (around Cavalier), 340 homes have been totally destroyed, 54 people dead.
- In both sections of the commune (Balai and Paricot) crops, trees and animals have been wiped out
- Town of Port-a-Piment – over 90% of homes damaged or destroyed…
- In addition, the hospital in Port-a-Piment is overwhelmed with wounded and people coming from all the surrounding areas suffering from Cholera.
By Peter Holley October 13 at 6:16 AM
A week after Hurricane Matthew ravages Haiti, relief slowly on the horizon Play Video1:57
Haiti is still reeling from Category 4 Hurricane Matthew, which killed hundreds of people and left thousands more without their homes. (Victoria Walker, Joshua Partlow/The Washington Post)
As Hurricane Matthew churned toward Haiti at full force last week, France Francois knew she was powerless to stop the impending natural disaster.
But with time running out, the 30-year-old Haitian American thought she might be able to help the island nation avoid the man-made disaster that she expected to follow.
Before the storm struck, Francois, a former development worker in Haiti, turned to Facebook and composed a list explaining how people could help the hurricane-ravaged country.
Her first instruction: “Don’t give to the American Red Cross.”
Instead, she wrote, people should send money to “Haitian-led” organizations and “not your missionaries and useless college kids.”
“We wanted to highlight the fact that there are local organizations on the ground that can mobilize quickly and more effectively than an organization parachuting in from Washington or Europe,” the Miami resident said in an interview from Panama, where she was visiting when the storm struck. “Organizations like that take time and resources away from the people who are suffering.”
[The Red Cross had $500 million in Haitian relief money, but it built just 6 houses]
In recent days, her post has been shared thousands of times — in part, she believes, because it tapped into a growing consensus among Haitians and Haitian Americans that the American Red Cross can no longer be trusted to effectively manage humanitarian efforts in the Caribbean nation.
Those feelings have been bolstered by a widely circulated investigation by NPR and ProPublica, which found that the Red Cross grossly mismanaged its response to Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the Western Hemisphere.
A Red Cross spokeswoman said the organization has raised $3.3 million “in designated donations and pledges for Hurricane Matthew.”
“We do not know if calls to avoid donating to RC have damaged our fundraising efforts, but we are concerned that it could hurt our fundraising, as well as that of other international aid agencies, which would be a tragedy for Haiti,” Suzy DeFrancis said.
Published last year, the NPR and ProPublica investigation found that, despite collecting nearly a half-billion dollars in donations, the Red Cross managed to construct just six permanent homes.
Over the weekend, NPR and ProPublica’s investigation — and subsequent articles about its findings — were resurrected on social media, where they attracted the attention of celebrities, journalists and potential donors.
In response, Gail McGovern, the president and CEO of the American Red Cross, published a lengthy blog post on Huffington Post that acknowledged the “persistent myths circulating online” about the American Red Cross response to the 2010 earthquake. She blamed those myths on “the misleading headline of a story written by ProPublica and NPR in 2015,” which, she added, is again making the rounds “in the wake of this latest disaster.”
“It creates the false impression that the only thing the American Red Cross did with $488M in donor money was to build six homes — when, in fact, we have funded 100 different humanitarian aid projects in Haiti,” McGovern wrote.
“It would be a shame if myths circulated online by people who want to help Haiti, actually end up hurting relief efforts,” she added
Haiti started burying some of its dead in mass graves in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, a government official said on Sunday, as cholera spread in the devastated southwest and the death toll from the storm rose to 1,000 people.
The powerful hurricane, the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, slammed into Haiti on Tuesday with 145 mile-per-hour (233 kph) winds and torrential rains that left 1.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.
A Reuters tally of numbers from local officials showed that 1,000 people were killed by the storm in Haiti, which has a population of about 10 million and is the poorest country in the Americas.
The official death toll from the central civil protection agency is 336, a slower count because officials must visit each village to confirm the numbers.
Authorities had to start burying the dead in mass graves in Jeremie because the bodies were starting to decompose, said Kedner Frenel, the most senior central government official in the Grand’Anse region on Haiti’s western peninsula.
Great concern about cholera spreading
Frenel said there was great concern about cholera spreading, and that authorities were focused on getting water, food and medication to the thousands of people living in shelters.
Cholera causes severe diarrhea and can kill within hours if untreated. It is spread through contaminated water and has a short incubation period, which leads to rapid outbreaks.
Government teams fanned out across the hard-hit southwestern tip of the country over the weekend to repair treatment centers and reach the epicenter of one outbreak.
10/5/16-(6;45PM) Hurricane Matthew moved away from Port-a-Piment. No loss of life has been reported. The hospital is standing.
However, we have received some very bad news. Hurricane Matthew has practically destroyed the city of Port-a-Piment. A phone call from a trusted KPP member informed us that the entire city has been severely damaged.
99% of houses have sustained heavy blows. The Catholic Church had its roof blown away. The neighborhood of Anbalarivyè has been taken over by the ocean .No homes are standing in that area.
No pictures are available yet at this time. We will keep you informed as soon as we get more information. You may follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please keep Port-a-Piment in your prayers. For the folks who are in the path of Matthew, in the States, be safe.
In light of this unfortunate devastation and depending on the weather situation in Florida, we will call for an emergency meeting of the Board of Directors to discuss and draft an action plan to deal with the situation.