Help our team treat the Cholera epidemic in Haiti

Hello to all,

We will be taking medical teams to Haiti the 3rd week of January. We are ramping up now for the trip. We are buying medicines, preparing the team, equipment, etc….. and brainstorming ideas to prepare for the conditions we are likely to encounter there from the ever-increasing cholera epidemic.

We could use some help in building up our stocks of pre-mixed salt’s and sugars in ‘home-made’ packets to use and to distribute when we get there.
(Most cases of cholera can be treated successfully just by mixing these packets with water and re-hydrating the patients until their diarrhea stops.)

The ingredients are simple, cheap, and readily obtained at your local super-market: Salt and sugar:

And it allows your kids to ‘get involved’ in helping with the crisis. (You don’t have to be medical, (or even a grown-up!) to help.

Let me know if you are interested and we can help you get started.
(We need pre-mixed packets that we can mix in 1 liter and 5 gallon containers).

Thanks,

Jim

Jim Smith, MD

“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart.”

– Pearl S. Buck

www.health4haiti.comwww.health4haiti.wordpress.com

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2 Responses to “Help our team treat the Cholera epidemic in Haiti”

  1. Mark A. Ricken Says:

    Dr Smith

    My wife and I would like to help you with the re-hydration packets. Please let us know what you would like us to do and how to go about it.

    Thanks a lot!
    Mark

    • health4haiti Says:

      You bet! Recipe is 6 teaspoons of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon salt with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Buy little Zip-lock bags at Hobby Lobby. Cut a sugar sack label out and keep it with the packets. Dr Jim

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