The 2010 earthquake in Haiti, devastated an already weak infrastructure and health care system. Cholera added to the misery as hundreds of thousands became infected and thousands died. In response to the cholera crisis Caritas-Austria deployed cholera and WASH (water, hygiene and sanitation) technical and social teams. This holistic approach responded to immediate health needs by providing emergency transportation of cholera victims to Cholera Treatment Centers. At the Cholera Treatment Center patients and family were educated to prevent secondary infections from spreading to the community, while also being provided with a Cholera Kit (soap for washing hands, detergent for clothes/linens, Clorox for decontaminating the house and tablets for treating water). The houses of all cholera cases were Google mapped to prioritize resources focusing on trending cholera “hot spots”, thus stopping outbreaks where they occurred. Cholera can be spread by contaminated food, water or on surfaces, thus the behavior change communication campaign included door-to-door visits in the community, schools, religious groups and the marketplace. Training and involvement of leaders, moblizers and local groups helped create an empowered community. Community events (soccer competitions, theater, films, parades) and weekly radio programs reinforced the key cholera prevention messages. Yet knowledge put into action is not enough, thus boreholes were drilled, reservoirs constructed to protect springs, water pumps were rehabilitated and water management committees were elected and trained. The water management committees were also provided with spare parts allowing them to repair the water pumps in the years to come. Latrines were built with community participation to prevent contamination of water sources. Filmed August 2012, Gressier, Haiti.

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