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U.S. Navy USNS Comfort hospital ship will be deployed Haiti for medical mission



The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for its last medical mission stop in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, November 4, 2019. Comfort’s team consists of more than 900 personnel, including medical specialists from the U.S. military, non-governmental organizations volunteers, and personnel from partner nations.

The U.S. Coast Guard Sentinel-class cutters USCGC Margaret Norvell (WPC 1105), front, and USCGC Kathleen Moore (WPC 1109) pass the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) as it is anchored off the coast of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in preparation for a six-day medical mission, November 4, 2019. (Picture source U.S. Navy)

While in Port-au-Prince, U.S. service members and medical professionals will work alongside partner and host nation staff to provide medical assistance in communities with urgent health care needs and demonstrate the commitment to strengthen regional medical capacity.

This marks the sixth Comfort visit to Haiti and the seventh to the region since 2007. The embarked medical teams will provide care aboard Comfort and at one shore-based medical site.

This mission stop is part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative and reflects the United States’ ongoing commitment to friendship, partnership, and solidarity with partner nations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) is the third United States Navy ship to bear the name Comfort, and the second Mercy-class hospital ship to join the U.S. Navy’s fleet. The USNS prefix identifies Comfort as a non-commissioned ship owned by the U.S. Navy and operationally crewed by civilians from the Military Sealift Command (MSC).

The  Mercy-class hospital ship is operated by Military Sealift Command and is designed to provide emergency, on-site care for American combatant forces, and also for use in support of disaster relief and humanitarian operations. Each ship contains 12 fully equipped operating theaters, a 1,000-bed hospital facility, radiological services, medical laboratory, pharmacy, optometry lab, CAT scan and two oxygen-producing plants

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Guyana Launches Mass Drug Administration Campaign to Intensify Efforts to End Mosquito-borne Parasitic Disease




Over the next month, health workers will provide pills to prevent Lymphatic Filariasis in a variety of locations in all endemic areas.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday November
8, 2019 –
populations throughout Guyana will be treated for the lymphatic filariasis (LF)
over the next month in a bid to eliminate the mosquito-borne, parasitic disease
as a public health problem.

Under the Mass
Drug Administration (MDA) campaign launched by the Ministry of Public Health, in
collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), health workers
and volunteers visiting homes, workplaces and schools in eight of the country’s
10 regions to administer the pills.

lymphatic filariasis is a national, regional and global priority,” said the
Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence, adding that it will require
commitment from not just the government and partner organizations, but from the
general public as a whole in order to rid populations of this “public health

LF is a
debilitating disease that affects the lymphatic system. While it is not fatal,
it can cause severe swelling in the lower extremities (elephantiasis, or ‘big
foot’ as it is commonly known in the Caribbean) and genitals (hydrocele) that,
once it has manifested, cannot be reversed. Around 60,000 people in Guyana are
already affected by LF, and approximately 500,000 live in endemic areas, at
risk of contracting the disease.

“This MDA
represents the final stage in an initiative that will see a huge reduction in
the cost to society of LF – the cost of drugs, the cost of the stigma. This,
for me, is priceless,” said Dr William Adu-Krow, PAHO/WHO Representative in

A new,
triple drug therapy will be implemented during the MDA. This includes the use
of Ivermectin, along with Diethylcarbamazine and Albendazole- a combination
which has been proven to significantly reduce the burden of filarial infection
while also treating scabies, lice and intestinal worms. 

initiative, which is also being supported by the United States Center for
Disease Control with funding from USAID and the End Fund, consists of three
phases: A remapping survey, which ended in July 2019 to show which regions are
endemic; the mass drug administration to provide preventative treatment for
people living in endemic regions; and treatment of those already infected with
LF in order to manage symptoms and reduce morbidity.

The decision
to implement this therapy was taken by Guyana in order to scale-up activities
to eliminate filaria transmission and receive WHO validation by 2025. The
country is also increasing efforts to provide care for those already affected
by the disease.

On October 1, countries of the Americas agreed to a collective approach to the elimination of communicable diseases throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Elimination Initiative identifies a wide range of diseases and related conditions, including lymphatic filariasis, as potential candidates for elimination in the Region, and enables countries to consolidate efforts and resources towards ending these diseases and ensuring public health.

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Haïti – Actualité : Zapping…




Haïti – Actualité : Zapping…
12/11/2019 11:14:17

Haïti - Actualité : Zapping...

Fusillade à Martissant, des victimes dans une école ?

Dimanche des affrontements armés ont eu lieu entre les gangs rivaux de « Grande Ravine » et de « Ti Bwa » (Martissant) non loin du Lycée Jacques Roumain. Durant la fusillade il y aurait eu plusieurs morts et blessés dans les rangs des deux gangs mais aussi des victimes collatérales dans le lycée Jacques Roumain, où des témoins rapportent plusieurs morts et blessés. Toutefois, pour le moment la Police Nationale d’Haïti ne confirme pas ni ne dément ces faits…

Assassinat de l’agronome Frantz Nelson :

L’agronome Frantz Nelson, ancien cadre du Ministère de l’Agriculture, a été assassiné samedi 9 novembre par des individus armés non-identifiés alors qu’il était sur le point de s’approvisionner en médicaments. Sa famille a découvert son corps à l’hôpital La Paix, à Delmas 33, où il avait été transporté.

Grosse panique à Liancourt :

Lundi, grosse panique dans la commune de Liancourt (commune de Saint-Marc, Artibonite) où des établissements scolaires ont relâché très tôt les élèves. Selon les informations recueillies, des individus armés auraient attaqués certaines écoles…

Propos de Rudy Hériveaux :

« Les errements continus de certains, en total déphasage avec la réalité, loin de nous dégoûter de la politique doivent nous stimuler pour leur rappeler comment accéder au pouvoir. Haïti est en train définitivement de tourner le dos aux pratiques délétères des coups d’État […] À chaque rupture de l’ordre démocratique, Haïti est amputée de ses rêves de progrès, de ses espoirs de renouveau. C’est une chute vertigineuse dans le gouffre insondable de la violence et de la corruption… Nous devons tout mettre en œuvre pour arrêter définitivement ce désastre, » a déclaré Rudy Hériveaux, Porte-parole du PHTK.

Le transport public victime de la crise :

Mardi, Changeux Méhu le Président de l’Association des Propriétaires et Chauffeurs d’Haïti, a lancé un appel aux acteurs de la crise pour qu’il fasse preuve de dépassement et trouve une solution à la crise, rappelant que le secteur du transport public est la principale victime de la paralysie des activités.

Jacmel : Vaste opération de nettoyage :

Après plusieurs semaines de blocage, la Mairie de jacmel a débuté une vaste opération de ramassage de fatras qui entravent la circulation et nuisent à la santé des riverains. La Mairie de Jacmel et la Direction départementale des travaux Publics s’activent à nettoyer les rues de Jacmel et les abords du Marché de Beaudouin où de tas d’immondices jonchent les allées. L’objectif étant d’ouvrir la voie à la reprise des activités dans la ville.

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YWAM Haiti asks for prayers, support during crisis | Pennsylvania




AKRON, Pa. — As a political and humanitarian crisis worsens in Haiti, a nonprofit organization with strong ties to Lancaster County is asking the public for prayers, financial support and sponsorship of care packages.

YWAM (Youth With A Mission) Haiti, formed in 1991, has 21 staff members who live in Haiti full time to meet evangelistic, training and outreach needs.

Tens of thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets since mid-September to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse.

The country is experiencing strife in many ways.

• At least 42 people have died and 86 people have been injured since protests began. (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights)

• Some 3.67 million Haitians are facing either a crisis or emergency when it comes to getting food. (Miami Herald, citing a Haitian government report)

• Fuel shortages, roadblocks and unrest have prompted the closing of hospitals and schools.

“If the lockdown continues, we are about two weeks away from seeing at-risk families starve,” Wayne Snow, director of YWAM St. Marc Haiti, said in a news release.

YWAM Haiti board members have held emergency meetings to monitor the crisis from the United States.

Staff members with the St. Marc, Haiti, campus have facilitated meetings of area pastors to coordinate the religious community’s response, which includes a new food pantry in St. Marc, Haiti’s fourth-largest city and home to 250,000 people.

“To me, seeing the growth and change over the years in the St. Marc region has been incredible through building Homes of Hope and taking on other initiatives. The reports of what is happening now in Haiti are heartbreaking,” board member Marvin Martin said in the release.

YWAM Haiti officials have asked for prayers for peace in Haiti and the opportunity to demonstrate God’s love during the turmoil.

The organization also has asked for financial support as the inflation rate reaches nearly 23% and access to fuel is extremely limited.

YWAM Haiti is offering an opportunity to sponsor care packages to be distributed on or around the Thanksgiving holiday.

Each care package contains rice, beans and cooking oil, and can feed a family of five for three days.

The organization also is distributing Bibles in the Creole language.

To sponsor a $25 care package, go to or the YWAM Saint Marc Haiti Facebook page (

Check also may be sent to Youth With A Mission Haiti, P.O. Box 236, Akron, PA 17501.

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