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Pregnant women receive cholera-prevention kits in Haiti

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Following the recent outbreak of cholera in Haiti, diagnosis the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is focusing on helping pregnant women and people living with HIV/AIDS.

As part of its efforts to improve hygiene and prevent the spread of the disease, cost UNFPA has distributed nearly 7,000 hygiene-cholera kits since the beginning of November, including more than 3,500 to pregnant women in the disaster-affected country.

Building on its work with the Jérémie maternity facility in Grand’Anse – which has included a wide range of items, such as supplies for home and institution childbirth, oral and injectable contraceptives, male condoms, emergency contraception, supplies for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, supplies needed in case of miscarriage, as well as supplies for vaginal examinations – UNFPA is now prioritising protecting pregnant women from cholera.

According to a report released by the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population on 8 November, the cholera epidemic has so far resulted in the death of 643 people and the hospitalization of 9,971 others.

Read the full story at the UNFPA website.

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