Cholera Response and Prevention in Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti: Lessons Learned in a Low-Resource Setting

14 Sep 2017
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Cholera Response and Prevention in Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti: Lessons Learned in a Low-Resource Setting

This talk presents the methods of St. Boniface Haiti Foundation’s multi-pronged cholera response plan, as well as lessons learned and key findings from the experience of quickly scaling up a cholera response operation in a remote, rural region of southern Haiti. These lessons are applicable both to general infectious disease response in resource-poor settings, as well as plans for country-wide cholera response in Haiti. We will discuss how St. Boniface Hospital treated over 400 people for cholera during a recent outbreak between November of 2015 and July of 2016–the largest spike in cases in the region since 2012, and how it successfully scaled a vaccine campaign to deliver over 23,000 cholera vaccines in eight days following Hurricane Matthew.

Speakers: Dr. Miliane Clermont, St. Boniface Hospital; Lisa Ward, St. Boniface Haiti Foundation