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The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid (IsraAID) announced on Wednesday that it will send send a team to Haiti, despite the current cholera outbreak.
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The team will leave Israel on Thursday to assess the progress of IsraAID's programs in Haiti, as well as present its work in an exhibit using the IDF hopsital tent in the upcoming Jewish Federation General Assembly in New Orleans.
They will also aid those affected by the cholera outbreak, which killed over 200 people and has reached the outskirts of Port au Prince.
IsraAID has been in Haiti since January 16, four days after the island was hit by an earthquake. The organization has provided including emergency emergency medical treatment, primary family medical care, medical rehabilitation, informal education, food production, and other services.
From Haiti, the team will continue on to New Orleans, where it will
participate in the Jewish Federation's General Assembly. There, IsraAID
will bring one of the IDF medical tents used after the earthquake. The
tent was donated to IsraAID, and was truned into the first offiial
school in the camps of Port au Prince. GA attendees will be able to see
school items, as well as photos and video of the Israeli aid operation
On Tuesday, protesters attacked a cholera treatment center as it was
preparing to open in the city of St. Marc, highlighting the fear
surrounding a disease that was almost unknown in Haiti before it began
spreading through the countryside, aid workers said.
Some of the roughly 300 students and other protesters said they feared
the Doctors Without Borders-Spain clinic would bring more of the disease
to their seaside town, which is one of the hardest hit in the week-old
epidemic that has killed 284 people and infected 3,769, according to
United Nations figures.
Witnesses said the protesters threw rocks and at least one Molotov
cocktail. UN peacekeepers from Argentina arrived with riot shields to
reinforce police. Warning shots were heard; the UN said its soldiers
fired blanks. There were no reports of injuries.
Haitian health officials assured the crowd the clinic would not open in that neighborhood.
Doctors Without Borders-Spain country chief Francisco Otero said the
group had consulted with local authorities and told them the clinic is
important for stemming the spread of cholera. He said they would try to
reopen it in another part of St. Marc.
More than 420 new cholera cases were confirmed Tuesday, according to the
U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Twenty-five
new deaths were confirmed, bringing the total to 284.
Aid workers, meanwhile, scrambled to contain the spread of the disease, which has not occurred in Haiti for generations.
Speaker trucks passed through neighborhoods in the capital, where a
handful of cases have been confirmed in people who apparently contracted
it in the countryside, advising the city's millions of residents to
wash their hands.
The Dominican Republic, which borders the central plateau where many new
cases are being found, announced that all people crossing the border
must wash hands and complete a medical form. They also stepped up
military surveillance and closed a twice-weekly bi-national market on
Monday, sparking protests on the Haitian side of the border.