Even though the security situation in Haiti has deteriorated over the past months, the IAWater team has moved forward with installations. In December, the team installed a chlorinator in Hopital Communaute Haitienne, two in Hopital Fermanthe (one in the water reservoir used for the surgical unit and one in the water reservoir used for drinking water), and five chlorinators in the Hopital Croix Vert Orphanage in Kenscoff.
Installations on ten chlorinators in the Bertin area have been completed.
Update - February 2007: Bertin did not receive water until last week. Since Bertin began receiving water, they have called each of the members of the IAWater team to say how extremely happy they are to have clean water. They even called Joanes in the hospital to tell him this. Knop wrote, "The communities where we are installing chlorinators are places that most NGOs don't dare to venture into because of the insecurity. So when they see us coming to their communities, even though there are big security problems, they know we are committed to doing our job."
Chlorinators have been installed in 10 300-gallon tanks in the Bertin neighborhood of Carrefour. The International Action Clean Water Campaign team completed all 10 installations the week of August 11.
IA CWC team finished the last of three chlorinator installations in the Tokyo neighborhood in the poor Delmas section of Port-au-Prince on August 25. These three systems will provide clean drinking water to the 20,000 residents of the Tokyo neighborhood of Cité Soleil. Each installation cost $175 (more than usual), because the water-holding tanks are difficult to reach.
On Tuesday, August 28, International Action's Clean Water Campaign team, led by Laurie Knop and Dalebrun Esther, met with a community group in Cité L'Eternal to organize support for the installation and maintenance of 10 chlorinators. Some 100,000 capital-city residents will be served by the chlorinators in the Cité L'Eternal neighborhood of Carrefour, Port-au-Prince.
Two consultants to the U.S. Agency for International Development presented an evaluation of the Norweco LF-500 chlorinator for use in Haitian villages. Daniele Lantagne of the Center for Disease Control and Dr. Rochelle Rainey of U.S. AID found the benefits of the chlorinator to be a simple chlorine system, low-cost, with only one point of intervention for each community to provide "appropriately dosed chlorinated water."
An escalation of violence between rival gangs in Martissant and Grand Ravine has led the IAWater team to reevaluate where they are installing chlorinators. More than forty people were killed and twenty houses burned in ongoing gang fighting. The team has decided to install four chlorinators in Trousable until the security situation in other areas improves. It has also identified several sites for installations: two in the hills above Pétion-ville, one in Delmas 33, one in Cite L'eternal and several in Cité Soleil.
The director of the Jalousie local health clinic reported a noticeable drop in chronic diarrhea cases in the two months after an IA Clean Water Campaign installed a LF 1500 Chlorinator in May 2006, and proposed a joint study to document the impact of the new chlorinator.
In the last week of July, the IA Clean Water Campaign Team installed LF-500 chlorinators on four water tanks in the Trou Sable neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. The tanks serve some 25,000 people, mostly children.
The IA Clean Water Campaign team has completed a site evaluation of the Bertin neighborhood of Carrefour, a large town just west of the capital Port-au-Prince. During the first week of August, the team will install LF-500 chlorinators on all ten tanks serving this area.
Laurie Knop, director of International Action's on-the-ground partner agency, QIFD, met with Haitian government agencies SNEP and CAMEP to gather data and synchronize efforts to install chlorinators. Knop signed a contract with M. Gerald Jean Baptiste, who is coordinating the reorganization of the Ministry of Environment, outlining International Action's goals and plans to support the technical training and supervision of government circuit riders.