Новая Надежда для Гаити

НЬЮ-ЙОРК – Во время недавнего визита в сельскую общину Лос-Пальмас, Гаити, у меня была возможность поговорить с семьями, непосредственно пострадавшими от эпидемии холеры, которая поразила страну вследствие землетрясения 2010 года. Один человек объяснил, что не только болезнь убила его сестру, но его мать также погибла, во время многочасовой ходьбы до ближайшей больницы. Он и его жена в настоящее время заботятся о пятерых-сиротах племянницах и племянниках.

На Гаити, сегодня, рассказы подобные этому, не редкость. Действительно, тысячи людей по всей стране пережили подобные испытания и трагедии.

Но есть и признаки надежды. Расширилось участие общества и изменения в практике гигиены избавили женщин, мужчин и детей из Лос-Пальмаса и соседней деревни Иакова от холеры - резкое изменение за последние несколько лет - также снизился риск заражения другими заболеваниями, передающимися через воду. Например, одна семья которую я встретил, с гордостью показала мне новый фильтр для воды.

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