海地的新希望

纽约—我最近访问了海地帕尔马斯(Los Palmas)的农村社区,在那里,我有机会与受到霍乱疫情直接影响的家庭对话。自2010年地震以来,霍乱一直困扰着海地。一位男性告诉我,霍乱不但夺走了他的妹妹,他的岳母也因为在医院周边晃荡了几个小时而染病身亡。他和他的妻子目前需要照顾五个沦为孤儿的侄辈和甥辈

在今天的海地,这样的故事绝非孤例。事实上,这个国家有数千人都经历了类似的惨剧。

但仍能看到希望。更多的社区参与和卫生实践的改变让帕尔马斯和相邻的雅各布村(Jacob)的女性、男性和儿童远离霍乱——极大地扭转了过去几年的形势——也降低了他们罹患其他水媒疾病。比如,我所拜访的一户人家骄傲地像我展示了一个新的滤水器。

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