As LCMS World Relief and Human Care (WR-HC) donors celebrated Thanksgiving Day in the United States, they also helped provide a hospital in Haiti with a blessing – a delivery of medical supplies to treat cholera patients.
“The cholera is growing there a lot,” Willy Gaspar, WR-HC projects manager in Haiti, said in an e-mail, referring to the city of Hinche. That’s where Gaspar delivered $7,500 in medicine and equipment to the Hospital Sainte Therese de Hinche on Nov. 25. WR-HC purchased the supplies in partnership with the Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission and Rev. Ted Krey.
Hospital staff had indicated that medicines to fight cholera were almost non-existent and other supplies were extremely low, said Rev. Glenn F. Merritt, WR-HC director of Disaster Response. Leaders of both the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti and the Lutheran Church of Haiti “have made the point that the [cholera] situation is urgent and growing more urgent by the minute,” Merritt said.
In gratitude for the medical supplies, Gaspar said that hospital staff invited him to a presentation on Dec. 2 recognizing Gaspar and WR-HC as an official partner that is helping to fight cholera in Haiti’s Central Plateau.
To date, cholera has killed some 1,751 people in Haiti, according to the United Nations.
How to help: Make an online gift or learn more about Haiti cholera outbreak relief. You may also wish to make a gift or learn more about Building Homes and Hope in Haiti. To contact WR-HC, call 800-248-1930, ext. 1380.