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NEWS RELEASE: Cholera Outbreak in Haiti–Operation USA Readies Aid

By • Oct 28th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHOLERA OUTBREAK IN HAITI: OPERATION USA READIES AID

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 28, 2010)— Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that it will direct sanitary and disease prevention materials to partners in the City of Jacmel and Port-au-Prince in response to the cholera outbreak that brought over 300 deaths and as many as 4,900 confirmed cases to Haiti this week.

This is the first cholera outbreak in Haiti in 50 years. To date, the outbreak has been contained to the central rural regions around the Artibonite River, 60 miles north of the capital. Though there are reports that the number of new cases is stabilizing, the outbreak still poses a severe threat to densely populated Port-Au-Prince—and beyond. Cholera is a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration—spread through contaminated drinking water, or foods that have been washed in contaminated water. Without immediate diagnosis and treatment cholera can quickly be fatal. With thousands of still displaced Haitians living in densely populated conditions with poor sanitation and limited access to clean water, this outbreak will remain a concern for some time to come.

Operation USA is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care and sanitation materials, including antibiotics and water purification supplies.

HOW TO HELP:

Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1.800.678.7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.  Text “AID” to 50555 and donate $10 to OpUSA’s Haiti relief efforts.

About Operation USA’s work in Haiti

Operation USA responded rapidly to the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, shipping emergency aid within days of the disaster. Numerous long-term recovery projects are currently underway, with an emphasis on education, healthcare, youth programs, livelihood and social services. Operation USA estimates that it has sent over $5.5 million in donated medical, energy, food and shelter supplies to Haiti to date getting essential pharmaceuticals, medical, emergency and shelter supplies, generators and light towers, as well as medical personnel to partner agencies on the ground in Port-au-Prince, as well as the equally hard-hit city of Jacmel. Operation USA has focused a good portion of its relief and recovery efforts in Jacmel—knowing it can make a significant impact in this smaller and somewhat overlooked community. The agencies largest project, the rebuilding of the public school Ecole Nationale JM Henriquez in Jacmel, is currently under construction.

Recipients/Partners include:
L’Athletique d’Haiti, Artists for Peace and Justice, Centre de Sante (Petit-Goave), The City of Jacmel, Hands and Feet (Jacmel), Mission Ranch Medical Clinic (Citi Soleil), Partners in Health, Project Medishare/University of Miami and St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital/St. Luke’s Schools.

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Media Contact:

Alison Deknatel, Director of Communications, Operation USA
310.838.3455 or adeknatel@www.opusa.org