The Cholera Outbreak in Haiti and Kouzin Dlo

Intro: Kouzin Dlo Founder, Jess Laporte, was recently invited as a guest speaker in an Massive Open Online Course curated at Tufts University. The course, The Biology of Water and Health - Sustainable Interventions, is a follow-up to last years introductory WASH course. As an alum of Tufts University, Laporte was invited to share her experience launching Kouzin Dlo in Haiti to combat the continuing cholera outbreak. Check out the full course here -

Video 1 - Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

Video overview: Clean water sources have long been an issue for Haitian citizens. Nothing highlighted this issue quite like the cholera outbreak of 2010. Cholera was introduced to Haiti in 2010 by UN workers in the rural community of Mirebalais. The disease is spread when a people eats or drinks something infected with the vibrio cholerae bacterium. Those most at risk are individuals living in places with inadequate water treatment and poor sanitation. As of 2012 only 62% of the population had access to an improved water source, leaving many Haitian citizens in this high risk group. Kouzin Dlo is committed to being a part of the solution to the problem. Watch this video to learn how Kouzin Dlo is working to combat this problem of water borne diseases in Haiti.

About the author:
Jessica Laporte

Jess graduated in May of 2014 from Tufts University with a degree in International Relations and a concentration in Global Health, Nutrition and the Environment. One month later she was in Haiti launching Community Chlorinators (Kouzin Dlo), as the Co-Founder of the Archimedes Project's first clean water social enterprise. Jess is passionate about social entrepreneurship as a mechanism to allow communities to meet their own needs in an aid dependent society. 

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