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Cholerain Haiti among the Pregnant Women

Cholerais one of the national disasters among the pregnant women in Haiti.After reviewing this podcast, I realized that pregnant women in thecountry are not given the attention needed to stop the impact of thedisorder on the unborn children. My thought is that the government ofHaiti and other world organizations, like WHO, should take immediateactions to solve the crisis especially, for the sake of the pregnantwomen.

Thereis part of the information that I have gleaned not covered in othersources. I had not discovered from any other source that cholera inHaiti is responsible for the fetal death during the gestation periodat the third trimester. The factors explained in this podcast are notexplained in most of the sources that explain the state of cholera inHaiti and the pregnant women. I learned that dehydration contributesto most fetal deaths in Haiti a condition brought about by cholerain the state. Similarly, I have learned that there are changes in thetreatment that are meant to reduce the fatal deaths by ensuring thatproper prevention measures as well as evidence-based treatment aretaken.

Thehealth epidemic in Haiti has severe consequences on the population ofthe country at large. Cholera has significantly contributed to thenumber of deaths recorded in Haiti among many people above the age of5 years. This is a blow to the population of Haiti because it willnever increase and if it does, it will do so at a very slow rate.Most people, including pregnant women, die because of dehydrationcaused by cholera. Though the disorder is more pronounced in pregnantwomen and children, the whole population suffers from it.

Beforelistening to this podcast, I was aware of the health status of thepregnant women due to the cholera disorder, but I was not aware ofits extent. This podcast has revealed a lot about the situation ofcholera and the efforts that are made to eradicate the disease. I wasnot aware that this cholera is extremely dangerous among pregnantwomen especially, during the third trimester of their pregnancy.Similarly, I was not aware that fatal deaths are majorly caused bydehydration that takes place in the course of cholera infection.Finally, I did not know that the state of hygiene is indigent as ithas been explained in the podcast in Haiti providing a viableenvironment for the outbreak and spread of cholera in Haiti.

WorldHealth Organization (WHO) is one of the international bodies thathave done a recommendable job to address several chronic diseases,like cholera. It has made efforts to ensure that the cholera kits areproperly designed and distributed to the countries that are affectedby illness and those who are at risk. It outlines the precautionsthat should be taken to control the disease and also provide requiredvaccines to eradicate it (WHO, 2016). On the other hand, the bodyrecognizes cholera as global pandemic especially after the massiveoutbreaks that were witnessed in Haiti among many other countries.The body ensures that it keeps the updates of cholera on an annualbasis and advising on how proper hygiene should be maintained. It haspre-qualified the vaccines that are administered to the cholerapatients (WHO, 2011).

Ina nutshell, cholera is a global epidemic that is affecting mostdeveloping countries where Haiti is included. The pregnant women inHaiti are the most affected in the state as the disease iscontributing to the fetal deaths. Several efforts have been madetowards curbing chronic diseases for instance, WHO is one of thebodies that have dedicated their efforts to ensure that suchdisorders are controlled.


Tucker,R. (2016). FactorsRelated to Fetal Death in Pregnant Women with Cholera,Haiti, 2011-2014, Retrieved fromhttp://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=8640818 on 8 August 2016.

WHO.(2011). TheGlobal Burden of Chorela,Retrieved from http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/90/3/11-093427/en/on 8 August 2016.

WHO.(2016). Cholera,Retrieved from http://www.who.int/cholera/en/ on 8 August 2016.

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