Israel to boost numbers in Haiti amid cholera outbreak

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 |  Ryan Jones

The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid (IsraAID) announced on Wednesday that it is sending more workers to the battered Caribbean nation of Haiti amid a frightening outbreak of cholera.

The team was already scheduled to travel before the outbreak in order to assess and advance various IsraAID programs in Haiti. IsraAID has been in Haiti since January 16, just days after a massive earthquake devastated the tiny island nation.

Israel and IsraAID have been widely praised, most of all by Haitians, for providing the quickest and most comprehensive care to those affected by the earthquake and its aftermath.

In the early days following the earthquake, IsraAID’s massive field tent was the only operating hospital able to care for the hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming out of the demolished capital of Port au Prince.

IsraAID intends to do its part to help stem the cholera outbreak, which has already killed more than 200 people on the outskirts of the capital.

Cholera is an intestinal infection that results in rapid dehydration. It is a primary cause of death in third world nations.

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