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December 10th, 2010
02:15 PM ET

J/P Haitian Relief Organization: Combating Cholera in Haiti

Program Note: Tonight on AC360° Sean Penn, founder of J/P HRO, will discuss the turmoil in Haiti nearly a year after the devastating earthquake at 10pm ET.

J/P HRO

J/P HRO is taking very aggressive action in fighting Haiti’s cholera epidemic. Since the initial outbreak almost 2 months ago, we've been deploying a constant supply of medics and resources to some of the hardest-hit areas in the country. We've also been proactive and very effective thus far in stemming the spread of the disease within our own camp.

J/P HRO’s response to the outbreak is recognized by Haiti’s Ministry of Health and the Red Cross as one of the most successful of any organization in the country. This recognition has enabled us to continue to devote resources and personnel well beyond our camp. Our teams of medical staff & volunteers have treated thousands of patients, and supplies from our donors continue to save lives on a daily basis.

At Petionville Camp, our ability to keep the cases in our Cholera Treatment Unit to a minimum can be directly attributed to unremitting health education campaigns & strong partnerships with NGO’s who provide key services like water and sanitation.

Unfortunately, we haven't even begun to see the worst of this epidemic. The escalating infection and mortality rate demonstrate that without immediate response and adequate resources, this epidemic will devastate Haiti. Cholera as a disease is simple to treat, but it requires a consistent supply of very specific supplies and very dedicated medical personnel.

DONATIONS URGENTLY NEEDED:

· Ringer’s Lactate 1000cc IV bags
· IV fluids
· Oral Rehydration Salts
· 24g needle IV giving sets
· Chux or absorbent bed pads
· Pedialyte
· Personal Protective Gear: Gowns, Glove
· Stool sample containers.
· Doxcycline 300mg tabs

VOLUNTEER WITH J/P HRO TODAY:

As long as cholera is in Haiti, medical professionals will be needed to fight the disease. We are accepting applications for MD's, NPs, PAs, RNs, Paramedics and EMT's to assist with Cholera relief efforts.

Find out more on J/P HRO here.


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