Cholera 5 – Update – 500 deaths so far
Cholera 3 – Overview of cholera and the situation as of Nov. 1, 2010
Cholera 2 – Will the outbreak head to Port au Prince? We stay.
Cholera 1 – Preparing to go to Artibonite: a decision to make
The mission to Petite Riviere was short but productive, and we accomplished our goals. Theresia, MarcDaly and I went there for 4 days from Oct. 28- 31 for three reasons:
1. To help people affected by cholera and other illnesses.
2. To meet and work with Fr. Christoph, a Haitian priest and the pastor of St. Jerome Parish in Petite Riviere. And to pray and worship in solidarity with the people of St. Jerome.
3. To do medical and logistical reconnaissance in anticipation of a much larger mission in January 2011.
We spent half our time in Petite Riviere and the other in Savan Laroch. At the former we celebrated mass and prayed with the people while getting to know Fr. Christoph.
Light of the World Charities in Florida is planning a surgical mission in January 2011, and CTF-SOS DRS may prepare the way for and collaborate in that mission along with Fr. Christoph and the personnel at the healthcare facility near St. Jerome Parish, Charles Colmon Hospital. There I submitted my medical documentation, etc. in anticipation of working in Petite Riviere.
In Savan Laroch we had a good medical, pastoral and humanitarian mission over 2 days. We decided to go to this remote region given that the Caritas- run dispensary had reported suspected cases of cholera.
In fact, I treated at least 2 cases amidst other types of maladies.
We also prayed with people, celebrated mass, delivered medications to the dispensary, and slept in tents! A congregation of sisters of St. Paul of Chartres hosted us during our visit, which was an enjoyable experience.