International Medical Corps (IMC)

ISG was selected to perform an evaluation of the International Medical Corps Cholera Treatment and Prevention Response Programme in South and Ouest Departments, Haiti.

A serious cholera epidemic commenced in Haiti in October 2010. By the first ten weeks of the epidemic, cholera spread to all of Haiti’s ten departments. As of 30 November 2011, the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) reported 515,000 cumulative cases of cholera and 6,942 deaths from the disease since the outbreak started.

International Medical Corps-UK (IMC-UK) began cholera operations in Haiti in late 2010. From January 2011, the American Red Cross (ARC) provided funding to IMC-UK to initiate and extend cholera treatment and response activities in the Carrefour and Martissant areas of the West Department and in the South Department. The programme was intended to further improve access to cholera services and reduce ‘delay to care’ in remote and hard-to-access areas. Support from ARC facilitated the establishment of a network of five Oral Rehydration Points (ORPs) and two Mobile Medical Units (MMUs).

Additionally, IMC-UK had been involved in provision of WASH services within the Carrefour area since early 2010 and carried out cholera response activities there after the initial outbreak. IMC-UK also undertook implementation of cholera response programming in the area, including five ORPs supported by ARC.

The evaluation assessed the level of success the IMC-UK Haiti Cholera Treatment and Prevention Response has achieved vis-à-vis its stated goals and objectives. The evaluation also aimed to generate essential knowledge with respect to lessons learned and challenges faced and overcome by IMC-UK, ARC and community stakeholders.