|Jocelyn bundled up against the cold|
|Poubel on Rue L.|
|Auguste carrying sleeping sponge.|
|"Doctors without Boarders" cholera clinic in Cap-Haitien.|
Some good news. After hearing the story of the charges incurred by our young people for Cholera treatment in Sen Rafayel, a friend of mine who works in the medical field here contacted the minister for Sante Publik (Public Health). He acted quickly, contacting officials at the hospital in Sen Rafayel and Medecins Sans Frontieres as well. A medical team arrived in the village late Thursday and we are told cholera treatment is now free. Small victory but a victory!!
Jack also returned to work Thursday for a half day. Monday morning, he had arrived saying he had had a bout of diarrhea during the night but it was not cholera and he was fine. I observed him throughout the morning. He spent much of his time in the latrine and his energy level plummeted. Late in the morning he finally admitted to being ill. I asked Auguste how he felt about driving Jack home as he probably had 'kolera'. Auguste was 'dako' (ok) with that. Thank goodness for the truck. The speed with which Jack's energy and overall wellness deteriorated was eye-opening. I sent him home with 8 bottles of 'sewomoral'. In some ways he is one of the lucky ones. His neighborhood (katye) DOES have communal latrines. Unfortunately they are pay for use and you have to find the keeper of the key and pay him when you want to use it. He appeared for work Thursday looking wan but determined. He was adamant about staying but quite content to leave at noon when it was suggested.