University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) is reporting its initial accomplishments for a project to improve surveillance and response to cholera in Haiti, supported by a $285k grant from PAHO Foundation (Foundation). The two-part project, led by Tim Ford, PhD, chair of environmental health sciences in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and director of the Institute for Global Health (IGH), involves on the ground work in Haiti and on the UMass campus. Dr. Ford also serves as chair of the Foundation’s Technical Advisory Group (FTAG)
Project representatives have met with local health groups in Haiti, conducted workshops with nurses and midwives on hygiene, sanitation, and oral rehydration, and gathered water samples for which is being analyzed and awaiting results. On UMass campus, the team is collaborating with CosmosID, a commercial laboratory in Rockville, Maryland, collecting data that will form the basis of a white paper for the Foundation.
PAHO Foundation is excited for the partnership with UMass and looks forward to future results.
Read more about the Cholera project here http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/ford-leading-project-fight-cholera-haiti.