Clean water and rough roads: Fighting cholera in rural Haiti

Tom Mahin, a drinking water specialist, flew to Haiti to help Oxfam stem the spread of a cholera outbreak that has now reached every province of the country. He recounts some of the challenges he met.

Men use a hand auger to drill a well in Haiti. Photo:Tom Mahin/Oxfam

Men use a hand auger to drill a well in Haiti. Photo:Tom Mahin/Oxfam

 
I arrived a few days ago in the Artibonite Valley in Haiti to work with Oxfam on its response to the cholera outbreak. My focus is on drinking water. The valley is much different than Port-au-Prince where I worked for Oxfam for five weeks after the January 2010 earthquake. Here, it is greener and much less congested, but the valley is also where the cholera outbreak has been the worst. Lack of adequate safe drinking water in villages is a major problem for people, now even more so because of the cholera outbreak. READ ARTICLE HERE

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About Vive Harambee!

Vive Harambee! is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to impacting the lives of people in developing nations by providing them access to clean water, sanitation facilities and hygiene education.
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