The Haitian Ministry of Health, with the help of several international aid agencies, is going to attempt something never before seen: a mass vaccination to drive out Cholera.
The Since Hurricane Matthew, the lack of access to healthcare and resources has put many Haitian citizens at risk. Hospitals are seeing an increase of more than one hundred patients daily; each seeking treatment for the bacterial infection that causes nausea, cramps, and dehydration.
Unfortunately, many logistical barriers stand in the way for aid workers. Much of the country is still inaccessible by road and lack the refrigeration capabilities necessary to transport and house the vaccine. Additionally, there is a global shortage of the much-needed two-dose vaccine and health workers can only administer one. Experts say the vaccine helps, but ultimately, freely-accessible clean water is the real long-term solution.