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A recent message from Partners In Health warns about the impending rise in cholera deaths that are expected to accompany the coming rainy season this April. With thousands already dead, the predicted three-fold increase in cases will result in still more preventable misery.
One New York based NGO, Community Development International (CDI), has begun a project that promises to make a dent in the spread of the disease and the number of people affected. They are building sustainable free public latrines using local labor and materials. More importantly they are educating people about disease prevention and teaching the skills required for this solution to take on a life of its own.
This is where YOU come in. A private business is awarding grants of $50,000 to organizations that get the most votes from the public. After you register one time, you can vote once every day till the end of March. Right now CDI is in fifth place among many good and worthy causes, but they are definitely contenders and YOUR votes could get them a prize that will build dozens of latrines in rural Haiti and prevent untold deaths.
Two clicks on your computer, each day, is all that is needed to make this happen. If you're willing to take the next step, spread the word about this on all your social networks and get family, friends and co-workers to guarantee that CDI gets the chance to continue, and to expand, their grassroots efforts.
Below are the links to CDI and to the contest page where you can take a minute to register and cast your first vote. But before that, take a look at an e-mail from Partners in Health founder Paul Farmer:
In a matter of weeks, Haiti's cholera epidemic, which has already killed some 7,000 people and sickened more than half a million, will surge—causing thousands of new cases and claiming many lives.
That's not a guess. It's a predictable outcome: April marks the beginning of Haiti's rainy season. Daily downpours create conditions in which cholera can tear through destitute communities without access to clean water. Flooding, no stranger to Haiti, makes the situation worse. Help us get the word out.
Share this information with your family and friends now.
When the rains came last year, the number of cholera cases nearly tripled from 18,908 in April to 50,405 in June. This year could be worse, but it doesn't need to be.
When cholera broke out in Haiti in October 2010, we called for a comprehensive response using all the tools for treatment and prevention available: Aggressive case-finding and treatment (usually simple rehydration will suffice to save lives; antibiotics are needed in severe cases), major investments in water and sanitation systems, education about how to prevent and treat cholera, and oral vaccination.
In the United States, we drink from the tap without worrying about contracting cholera or the many other waterborne diseases that stalk the poor. Haitians deserve the same standard: Clean water and modern sanitation. But building water and sewage treatment systems takes time, and Haiti's cholera epidemic is already the world's largest in recent history. We can't afford to wait. And we need to roll out a safe, effective oral cholera vaccine that would help buy the time necessary to build (or rebuild) much-needed municipal water systems.
Help us tell the world that cholera is coming back in force and that we can fight it.
In a few days, we will launch a program to vaccinate an entire flood-prone rural commune. Our goal is threefold: To protect some of Haiti's most vulnerable people, to prove that vaccination can be effectively integrated into the ongoing response to cholera in Haiti, and to help the Haitian Ministry of Health develop and strengthen an immunization program capable of protecting all Haitians against cholera and other vaccine-preventable diseases for years to come.
We need to get the word out, and you can help. Share the news and encourage your friends and family to help us slow—and someday stop—the spread of cholera in Haiti:
Thank you, Paul Farmer
CDi is in the run for a grant -- Please Vote for Us!
It couldn't be easier: From February 1 to March 31, please click and vote to help CDI - Community Development International - win a grant from Cultivate Wines for their community latrine projects in rural Seguin, Haiti !
Go to CULTIVATEWINES.COM/CAUSE, register once, then click to vote for us and repeat as often as once a day and we could win up to $50,000 !
With each click we are one step closer to improving sanitary conditions and reducing the spread of Cholera - 7,000 deaths are enough so please share the word ! Mesi anpil !!!