|by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Haiti||0|
As many of you know, Hurricane Matthew hit the southwest region of Haiti this week, displacing more than 15,000 people, killing several hundred, and causing an immediate need for emergency help for around 350,000 people, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, and it is still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake and the resulting humanitarian crisis, Hurricane Matthew is expected to trigger serious health challenges, including the rise of cholera in the coming days.
Partners in Health, a humanitarian nonprofit organization endorsed by major news outlets, supports 12 health centers in Haiti’s central region. At press time, the organization was working to get additional supplies to those centers, as well as to cholera-treatment centers.
“Though the storm has passed, experience tells us that the worst is yet to come,” said Dr. Charles-Patrick Almazor, Partners in Health’s chief medical officer in Haiti, in a statement on the organization’s website. “What would be the immediate need is to make sure that people get safe drinking water and safe water for washing.”
While Budget Travelers care deeply about every region affected by this devastating hurricane, including the Bahamas and the Florida coast, we especially wish to support the neediest victims. Click here to make a donation to Partners in Health's efforts in Haiti, where 94 percent of all donations go directly to those in need.