Ebola is a disease that may be acquired upon contact with blood or bodily fluids. It can also be as a result of being in contact with an infected human or other animal.
People who are affected with the Ebola virus starts with symptoms of high fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches. Many people who becomes infected with ebola soon started vomiting. They also have diarrhea, and rash.It also causes bleeding both within the body and externally.
Haiti is a country especially vulnerable to diseases. The people of Haiti need to be constantly on the lookout for a disease such as Ebola. To prevent infection from the Ebola Virus, check for infected animals and kill and properly disposing of the bodies.
A rumor has been circulating in Haiti recently concerning a U.N. Mission that was put in place to enlist volunteers form Haiti for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). This was met with a statement form the Haitian government banning any Haitian from volunteering for the task
It stated that the Ministers forbade any agency, including the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), from recruiting haitian volunteers for that purpose.
Here is a picture of the great Haitians Marched Against AIDS Stigma In 1990 in Brooklyn, New York.
It was April 20, 1990 when the Haitian community in New York made history - Over 100,000 Haitians poured across the Brooklyn Bridge and tied up downtown Manhattan to protest against an act most people think is discriminatory. When the AIDS epidemic came, there was a recommendation by the United States, FDA to exclude all Haitians from donating blood because they were supposedly more at risk of HIV infection
An alert for Zika virus infection in Haiti
The symptoms of Zika fever are similar but milder to Dengue fever or Chikungunya. Recently, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has circulated an Epidemiological Alert in the Americas. The sample specimens of Aedes and other mosquitoes responsible for the epidemic were collected by the Haitian Epidemiology Department and sent for testing to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad and Tobago-- but those were found negative. No evidence of Zika fever has been found in Haiti. However, as a preventive measure, the Haitian Ministry of Health has decided to maintain its regular surveillance. It has directed health service providers to report immediately, if they ever notice any patient with symptoms of Zika fevers. There is no antiviral treatment of Zika fever, only the symptoms can be lessened by treatments.
After losing lives and homes, the threat of a cholera outbreak caused further panic among the population in Haiti. 15 cases of cholera were reported in Port-au-Prince when riots began and lasted for days in Cap-Haitien. Five people were reported killed and the UN was asked by protestors to leave Haiti. Answering this, the United Nations stated that the riots were not because of the outbreak, but due to tension over the upcoming elections. They also denied claims that their personnel shot a number of protestors.
Here is the picture of a dog in Haiti responsible mainly for transferring rabies to human.
Rabies in Haiti has been on the rise since the 2010 earthquake. The disaster made many pets homeless, especially stray dogs. Rabies is lethal. Once a victim has been bitten by an infected animal, death is a certainty.
The first line of prevention lies in getting dogs and cats regularly vaccinated. When bitten by an infected animal the first thing is to wash the bite thoroughly with soap and water, then contact a medical professional immediately.
Haiti and the Dominican Republic are expected to become free from malaria by 2020 or exactly in 5 years.
A joint effort by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has made it their task to eradicate all indigenous cases of malaria in Hispaniola, the island that is shared by Haiti and Dominican Republic. The project aims to do this by 2020, and is funded to the tune of just under $30 million US from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. According to PAHO, in 2013, there were 20,000 confirmed cases of malaria on the island. Hispaniola is the only Caribbean island still battling malaria, which is endemic there.
Here is a picture of signaling a new approach to battling diseases in Haiti. Architects taking advantage of Haiti's Caribbean environment with Open-Air Clinics
Haiti is opening two new healthcare clinics. Applying a new design principle, they are open air and have been relatively inexpensive to build.
Architects of the new clinics have used the tropical climate to allow island cross breezes to filter through the structures, bringing relief to patients.
The new clinics will be used to treat cholera and tuberculosis patients. It is hoped these clinics will be models for other poor countries that don't have funding for expensive, conventional structures.
Sickle Cell Anemia and the Haitian population
UMass Boston Student to Fight Sickle Cell Anemia in Haiti
Sickle cell anemia, one of the most prevalent diseases in people of African descent, is one of the most under-funded diseases in the world. The effects of the disease, caused by abnormally shaped red blood cells, create great pain for sufferers who are said to be one in every 400. Based on these statistics, students of the University of Massachusetts, with the aid of the Haitian American Society and the African Student Union, held a fundraiser on December 6 to raise money and awareness for children suffering from the disease in Haiti.
Many Haitians are currently suffering with type 1 diabetes. What is it?
What is Diabetes type 1? It is a loss of the insulin-producing beta cells of the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas leading to insulin deficiency. The majority of type 1 diabetes is of the immune-mediated nature, where beta cell loss is a T-cell mediated autoimmune attack.
In a recent statement dated October 2, 2014, by the Ministers of Health, Interior and Defense, the Haitian government has forbidden any agency or organization to recruit Haitian volunteers on any mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). The announcement came in the wake of a news release on social networks that the United Nations was recruiting volunteers to respond to the Ebola outbreak. Haiti is a frequent victim of outbreaks and contagious diseases. A cholera epidemic hit the country four years ago and killed over 8,500 people and infected more than 700,000 people. 'Cholera' was non-existent in Haiti for last 100 years; it was brought to Haiti by some U.N peace keepers from Nepal, stationed near a major river. Even this year, there was over tens of thousands of suspected cases of an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus known as 'Chikungunya'. 'Ebola' is a severe haemorrhagic fever with a fatality rate around 50%. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads through human-to-human transmission. It is a grave issue of health risk and that definitely calls for a serious preventive measure.