Monday, November 15, 2010

AS HAITI'S CHOLERA DEATHS INCREASE - UN, Haiti's Government & NGO's Accused of NOT doing enough to Decrease Infection and Save Lives

As the number of Cholera  related deaths in Haiti continue to climb, with offiicial death toll at just under one thousand and close to 15,000 hosptialised, there are charges that the number of deaths are being under-reporteed. The United Nations and the Haitian govenment are being accused of doing little to stem the bacterial, mainly water borne desease that showed up in a rural town about a month ago. NGO's that are considered the informal government of the poor Caribbean nation still struggling to recover from the January 12th earthquake are being severely criticized.

This article written by Nina Lakhani and published in the the UK newspaper, The Independent, paints a very grim and frightening picture.

Saturday November 13

Add captionPeople with cholera lie on mats on the floor of the overcrowded St. Nicholas Hospital in St. Marc, the center of the cholera epidemic. A cholera outbreak originating in the Central Artibonite region of Haiti has killed around 250 people and effected over 2,500 in the region. –AFP Photo
 Thousands of Haitians infected with cholera could be suffering and dying without any help as aid agencies warn they are overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster. The official death toll of 800 is widely regarded to be a "serious underestimate", as only cases confirmed by the national laboratory are being counted. Thousands may already be dead.

Across the impoverished nation, the medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières has set up makeshift hospitals on the streets and in car parks, as its doctors and nurses try and cope with the daily influx of sick patients. The number of new patients doubled everyday this week in MSF clinics as hospital cases topped 12,000. But little is known about the fate of three-quarters of the population who live in rural areas, with little if any access to medical care or clean water.

Aid agencies last night took the unusual step of severely criticising both the government and the UN for failing to deal with an epidemic that has been threatening for more than a month. This comes amid clear evidence that the disease is spreading fast across the country and prevention efforts have thus far been woefully inadequate.

ActionAid yesterday confirmed the first cases in Lascahobas, a city in the central plateau which is located just an hour from the border with the Dominican Republic. On Friday there were reports of around 30 people "dropping dead" in the streets of Gonaïves, a city in the north of the country where the epidemic seems to be taking hold. The mayor is said to have joined residents in burying the dead, according to Jane Moyo of ActionAid. In rural areas surrounding the city, there were unconfirmed reports of whole families dying without any help, as local people shun the sick amid growing fear of the disease. The threat of contagion from improperly disposed of bodies is also causing increasing alarm, according to Jim Emerson, from the agency Plan International.

Cholera is caused by a highly contagious water-borne bacterium. Its spread is easily preventable but less than half of Haiti's population have access to clean water. In Cap-Haïtien, the country's second largest city, supplies were running dangerously low even in the medical centres where doctors struggled to cope with hundreds of people suffering from dehydration, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Stephane Reynier, MSF's director of operations, last night said: "The situation is very alarming. MSF structures are overrun by the number of patients, not just in Port-au-Prince, but nationally. We are fast and on the frontline but we cannot control a national epidemic alone.

Where is the UN? Where are the NGOs? Where are the billions of dollars that were promised after the earthquake? There have been enough meetings, now we need action. "

The cause of the outbreak in Haiti is unknown but the bacteria strain causing deaths originates from south Asia, ding to the US Centers for Disease Control. The bacteria can travel the globe in either contaminated food or water or through the movement of an infected person. It causes little trouble where water sanitation and hygiene controls are well established, but January's earthquake and last week's tropical storm Thomas have left the island extremely vulnerable. Less than 40 per cent of the aid pledged by all countries for 2010/11 has been delivered so far.

The arrival of cholera in the capital last week was no surprise, and authorities most fear the epidemic taking hold in the refugee camps of Port-au-Prince. More than one million people left homeless by the earthquake are still living in overcrowded camps, where there is no running water or sewage system and people share portable toilets. Aid agencies such as Oxfam are shipping in huge tankers of water but there is not enough to go round. Water waste, rubbish and sewage all run into ditches that run along the sides of roads.

Ms Moyo from ActionAid said: "Wherever you look there is dirty water. You see young men, entrepreneurs, selling sealed bottles of water and hand-sanitising products on street corners but most people are too poor to buy these products to protect themselves, especially those in the camps where there are few work opportunities.

"Cholera is highly contagious but it is preventable. Everyone knows what is needed: nationwide action to prevent the spread, but this is not happening. Even though the agencies are doing their best, the government is fractured, the infrastructure is limited and, with an election coming up, there are other priorities. People are very afraid and the government must step in and take affirmative action. There is still a window of opportunity to stop the spread but that window is getting smaller by the day."

Around 80 per cent of Haitians live in rural areas, most in abject poverty, and there are real concerns that hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people are cut off from medical help. The country had not seen cholera cases for decades before last month, which means its people are very susceptible to the bacteria, warned Gregory Hartl from the World Health Organisation. The current fatality rate of 6.5 per cent is much higher than normal, and now that cholera is in Haiti, the disease is likely to remain for years, Mr Hartl said.

On Friday the United Nations appealed for £102m from donors to fight the outbreak in an attempt to inject some much-needed momentum. The money would be used to bring in extra doctors, medicines and water purification equipment to treat the hundreds of thousands of people who could be affected by the disease, said Elisabeth Byrs from the UN.

But agencies on the ground say better co-ordination and expert medical advice is needed more urgently than cash. Mr. Emerson from Plan International said: "This is a major medical emergency and we need much more technical advice. We have resources but we are not medical experts, so we need urgent advice on who and what to support. The UN must step in now. There is a very strong feeling among all the NGOs that the number of cases has been very seriously under-reported, especially in rural areas where there are few public health services, and we don't know how to handle that alone."

Source Article: The Independent, UK

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Rhi Rhi's ((( LOUD!!!))))  VERY!!

*OUCH!* Honestly!

So Rhianna has a new album that's set to drop on November 16, 2010. The name of the album?!! Yep! U guessed it!! ((( LOUD!!))) Turns out the album's soo damn loud.. it's days from November 16th and the album IS (((LOUD!!))) or...wait...Oooops! That's her hair we're *hearing* DAMN!! FIRE ENGINE..naah KOOLAID-RED.. whose dumbass idea was that??


Like...Rhianna.. U made women start wearing their hair in onna their eyes..almost blinding them.. but who in their right minds gonna walk into a shop and go: "I'd like the RHI RHI colour please!?? STRUEPPSE! Cheese on bread man! Get it together Rhi Rhi!
Rhianna b4 the madness

Rhi.. Rhi..ure current hairstyle sucks! I'll DEFINATELY drink to that! LOL Bottoms up!

I have only listened to 4 of the tracks on the album..but am loving it... JUST DUMP THE RED WIG/WEAVE! LOL  

Trust me..the album is ``POPPIN!`` Drake & Eminem helps her put sum MAJOR heat on.. in 2 separate tracks and the lady of the moment herself..Nicki Minaj also makes an appearance..check out LOUD..and weigh in on its merits ..or lack thereof.. :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010


This story caught my attention last night when I was watching Anderson Cooper's Anderson Cooper's "Keeping Them Honest" segment on CNN last night.


Amazon No Longer Selling Guide for Pedophiles
Repinted from the Associated Press. (AP)

Amazon is no longer selling a self-published guide for pedophiles.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Inc. had pulled the item, or whether the author withdrew it. Amazon did not immediately return messages Thursday.

The book, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct," offers advice to pedophiles on how to make a sexual encounter with a child as safe as possible. It includes first-person descriptions of such encounters, purportedly written from a child's point of view.

Once discovered Wednesday, the book triggered outrage from commenters on sites such as Twitter. Some people threatened to boycott the online store until Amazon removed the book. Two petitions on Facebook alone won more than 13,500 supporters. Read original post here

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Amazn reportedly said in response to the backlash:
“Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.“

Well Alrighty then!!! 

The front cover of the contoversial book

How on earth did Amazon end up peddling the book? Don't they have people who check these things? Don't they have principles? Consciences? The author of this book should be locked up! Serioulsy! Only in America are laws and policies so warped that they end up being in direct contradiction and circumvention of each other.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Evidence Found that UN troops May have infected Haitians with Cholera - BUT World Health Bodies & the UN have abandoned Investigations

Sick Haitians awaiting medical attention 
It's as if they cannot suffer enough. Time after time, large scale disasters have descended upon the poor nation that has experienced immense suffering and more just keep getting sent their way. While they wait on Hurricane Tomas, that is estimated to make landfall in Haiti by this week end, millions are huddled close together in flimsy tents that will stand no chance against continuous rainfall or Hurricane force winds. And even while they wait, exposed and vulnerable, they are struggling to cope with a severe outbreak of Cholera. almost 500 persons in Haiti have died from the disease and close to 7,000 hospitalised with symptoms of the deadly illness. Authorities have abandoned investigations that had started to string together damning evidence that points to recently arrived Nepalese UN Peace Keepers as the source of the out break. Haitians are protesting and there are claims that Haitian lives and public health are being sacrificed for diplomacy and politics.

The Associated Press 
Wednesday, November 3, 2010; 5:40 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Researchers should determine whether United Nations peacekeepers were the source of a deadly outbreak of cholera in Haiti, two public health experts, including a U.N. official, said Wednesday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the strain of cholera that has killed at least 442 people the past three weeks matches strains found in South Asia. The CDC, World Health Organization and United Nations say it's not possible to pinpoint the source and investigating further would distract from efforts to fight the disease.

But leading experts on cholera and medicine consulted by The Associated Press challenged that position, saying it is both possible and necessary to track the source to prevent future deaths.

"That sounds like politics to me, not science," Dr. Paul Farmer, a U.N. deputy special envoy to Haiti and a noted expert on poverty and medicine, said of the reluctance to delve further into what caused the outbreak. "Knowing where the point source is - or source, or sources - would seem to be a good enterprise in terms of public health."

The suspicion that a Nepalese U.N. peacekeeping base on a tributary to the infected Artibonite River could have been a source of the infection fueled a protest last week during which hundreds of Haitians denounced the peacekeepers.

John Mekalanos, a cholera expert and chairman of Harvard University's microbiology department, said it is important to know exactly where and how the disease emerged because it is a novel, virulent strain previously unknown in the Western Hemisphere - and public health officials need to know how it spreads.

Interviewed by phone from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mekalanos said evidence suggests Nepalese soldiers carried the disease when they arrived in early October following outbreaks in their homeland.

"The organism that is causing the disease is very uncharacteristic of (Haiti and the Caribbean), and is quite characteristic of the region from where the soldiers in the base came," said Mekalanos, a colleague of Farmer. "I don't see there is any way to avoid the conclusion that an unfortunate and presumably accidental introduction of the organism occurred."

Cholera, which had never before been documented in Haiti, has killed at least 442 people and hospitalized more than 6,742 with fever, diarrhea and vomiting since late October. It is now present in at least half of Haiti's political regions, called departments.

Death occurs when patients go into shock from extreme dehydration. The epidemic has diverted resources needed for the expected strike of a hurricane this week, and could spread further if there is flooding.

Suspicions that the Nepalese base could have been a source of the infection intensified Monday after the CDC revealed the strain in Haiti matches those found in South Asia, including Nepal.
But nothing has been proven conclusively, and in the meantime the case remains politically charged and diplomatically sensitive. The United Nations has a 12,000-strong force in Haiti that has provided badly needed security in the country since 2004. But their presence is not universally welcomed, and some Haitian politicians have seized upon the cholera accusations, calling for a full-scale investigation and fomenting demonstrations.
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An employee of Haiti's Ministry of Health takes a measurement of the chlorine level in the water stored in plastic tanks that is consumed by earthquake survivors at a refugee camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 25, 2010. The Haitian government is conducting tests in the camps around the capital and purifying the water with chlorine tablets in order to avoid the spread of the cholera outbreak that killed more than 250 people in rural Haiti

For CRYING OUT ((LOUD!))!! It is NOT rocket science! Haitians deserve better, they are human beings! What is more important? For the UN to look good or for Haiti's public health to be protected, something which also impacts on regional and even global public health?

There are more questions than answers!