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En respuesta a una crisis tan compleja como el brote de cólera en Haití,


Epidemiólogos de campo en Haití

En respuesta a una crisis tan compleja como el brote de cólera en Haití, un país de repente necesita cientos de expertos técnicos adicionales. ¿De dónde vienen y quiénes son? Kerri Watkins es una de esas personas.   La epidemióloga de treinta y cuatro años de edad fue enviada a Haití por un mes en enero de este año. (en inglés)
In responding to a crisis as complex as the cholera outbreak in Haiti, a country will suddenly need hundreds of additional technical experts. Where do they come from and who are they? Kerri Watkins is one of these people. The thirty-four year old epidemiologist was deployed to Haiti for one month in January 2011.
She was assigned to Grande Anse, one of the Haitian departments (provinces) with the highest cholera mortality rates. As with other field teams assigned by PAHO/WHO, she worked with a logistics expert to support the local health centers in a number of ways, including bringing in medical supplies, helping respond to alerts, and providing technical guidance on treatment. It is a very hands-on job.
“This is true field work in an emergency situation,” says Watkins. “These are very different circumstances from my day-to-day job.” Watkins is an epidemiologist with the Public Health Agency of Canada in Ottawa.
Other field teams sometimes have water and sanitation experts who can help assure that the treatment centers are properly cleaned, that the waste is properly managed, and that a minimum standard of hygiene is maintained.
This CTC in Carcasse, Grande Anse, was later restructured with the help of the PAHO/WHO field team. They put plastic sheeting on the floor to enable the center to be cleaned more easily. Photo by Serge Roy, PAHO/WHO logistician
“You arrive at a cholera treatment unit which is running out of rehydration salts, antibiotics, IV fluids and you have it. Right away you are helping someone,” says Watkins. Another time they visited an orphanage. “They had three really, really sick children that we could transport immediately to the hospital,” says Watkins.
Transportation is often a challenge in a region with poor roads, rain and landslides.


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