NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Lowcountry chapter of the American Red Cross is helping with the cholera outbreak in Haiti. They are sending medical supplies, clean water, health workers, and financial aid to the country. According to the Red Cross, the response includes:
· Commitment of $2 million in support of the response including $1 million for relief supplies including such items as chlorine tablets, soap, jerry cans, and storage tents
· 228 volunteers conducting hygiene promotion, distributing soap, oral rehydration solution, water tablets and chlorine for water purification
· 5,000 cots for medical facilities
· Chlorine for 75,000 gallons of water
· Funded three flights to transport medical supplies for Project Medishare and Partners in Health.
· Vehicles and generators for Haitian National Red Cross
The American Red Cross is developing a six month Cholera Response Plan to expand on the current hygiene promotion activities in the camps. More than 13 hundred people have died from the disease since the outbreak began last month. Cholera can be deadly if left untreated.