Health Risks To Children In Haiti, Warns Save The Children

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Sunday 17 January, 2010

Health risks to children in Haiti, warns Save the Children

Save the Children’s emergency health and nutrition director, Kathryn Bolles, says

she is concerned about the increased health risks for children in Haiti, as clean

water supplies become scarce and sanitation conditions deteriorate.

“Because clean water is very scarce, families in makeshift camps may be forced to

use contaminated water to mix baby formula, which puts infants at risk of life-

threatening diarrhea,” says Bolles, who has been traveling from camp to camp to

provide health care and assessment.  “People are crowded together with very little

shelter and no sanitation systems.  Under these conditions, everyone is at risk of

communicable diseases, but we know that children under age 5 are the most


Bolles is encouraging breastfeeding among mothers of infants, particularly those she

has met who have just given birth in the camps.  Save the Children is also delivering

essential medical supplies and IV solutions to 14 hospitals and medical clinics in the

impacted area.

“Patients are overflowing from the hospital buildings,” reports Bolles, “and some are

lying in the compound waiting for medical attention.” 

Save the Children is bringing five Haitian American physicians from the United

States to help provide medical care to the families in the camps and set up mobile

health clinics.

Since the earthquake on January 12, Save the Children’s staff members in Haiti have

been responding to the immediate needs of children and families.  The aid agency

has worked in Haiti since 1978 and has more than 100 staff members in the country.  

To Donate to Save the Children’s Haiti earthquake emergency appeal:

call 1800 760 011

call at any NAB nationally

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