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May 7, 2020

Coronavirus in Haiti: Does onions, garlic, ginger protect against the-19?

by Patrick Delorme

As we write this note (May 5, 2020), Haiti has officially reached the mark of 100 positive cases including 11 deaths and 10 restored. In all probability, the epidemic is accelerating and a rapid increase in the number of cases can be expected in May. At the same time, disinformation is spreading at a fast pace; this is what the World Health Organization (WHO) calls a "infodémie" in reference to the pandemic. This information, mostly unfounded, can be very dangerous because it can create a false sense of security and protection


In Haiti, the craziest rumors, the craziest information, medication or miracle recipes, discrimination or denial, are all disturbing findings that haunt our daily lives everywhere and especially in social media.

From the beginning of the pandemic REMODEL chose to stand on the side of science and counter false ideas. We have chosen to guide and accompany you by providing you with credible information based on the latest scientific data available.

Today, we are going to shed light on three plants, three very popular condiments in our house, which according to popular belief, would fight the coronavirus.

True or false? Onions, garlic, ginger protect and treat the-19

Wrong. First of all, let's be clear, these three plants have known health benefits. Garlic and onions are known for their antimicrobial properties. Ginger for its part is known among other things, for its anti-inflammatory virtues.


However, the idea that makes it look like onions would keep the coronavirus away is wrong. Cut onions into rings and place them in the four corners of the house will definitely clear a good aroma, but will not prevent the coronavirus, nor keep it away. This ancient practice has no scientific foundation.

A good ginger infusion is not going to harm health; but there is no evidence to date that ginger is capable of preventing or treating the-19.


As for garlic, the WHO wants to be clear: "There is no evidence, in the current epidemic, that garlic consumption protects people against the new coronavirus".


While these three condiments can undoubtedly have benefits for the body, none of them can specifically fight against the coronavirus. According to WHO, "There are no specific vaccine or antiviral medicine against the-19". However, the scientific community is actively mobilizing worldwide to find therapy.


To protect themselves against the-19, REMODEL reminds everyone that you need: often wash hands with water and soap, avoid close contacts; avoid touching one's eyes, nose and mouth; cover your mouth and nose with the elbow of the elbow or with a tissue in case of cough or sneezing; wear a mask and if possible stay at home!


Source: https://www.who.int/fr/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/q-a-coronaviruses

May 12, 2020

Coronavirus in Haiti: Political invention, joke or reality?

by Patrick Delorme

Since the end of 2019, a new coronavirus has made its stage in the world. The disease it causes is named by the World Health Organization (WHO): COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease-2019). Very quickly, this disease spread around the world to the point that it has become a pandemic.

Yet in Haiti, many do not believe it. Some think that disease is a " political invention ". Others see it as " a joke ". What is the truth? What is the reality?

REMODEL, faithful to his commitment, will bring you the real facts-based answer today.


A political invention: True or False?

Wrong. The-19 is not a political invention. If this was the case, 187 out of 197 countries officially identified by the United Nations (UN) would have no case of COVID-19 on their soil. So the disease is everywhere. But let's admit it, the political management or exploitation of it, is different from country to country.


A joke: True or false?

Wrong. If in our house, some call the disease wrong or wrong "Poch Vid", the is no joke. For proof, thousands of lives are broke all over the world. Hundreds of our compatriots abroad have either lost their jobs or died due to the-19. According to the world bank, the Haitian diaspora transfer nearly USD 3 billion to Haiti in 2018. Due to the COVID-19, this assistance will definitely drop this year, causing even more "empty pockets" in the country.


A reality: True or false?

True. The COVID-19 is real. She's deadly. She sows sorrow and mourning. She doesn't spare anyone. She knows no color, warmth, boundaries, age, gender, rich, poor, poor, or any political clan.


She is testing the health systems of the world's richest and most powerful countries. To convince you, here are some numbers:

To date, more than 4 million people are infected around the world. Nearly 300,000 deaths are officially registered, almost 80,000 in the United States alone; over 32,000 in the UK; just over 30,000 in Italy; more than 26,500 in Spain; over 26,500 in Spain; more than 26,500 in Spain; over 26,500 26,000 in France and more than 11,000 in Brazil.


In Haiti, unfortunately, most of us are skeptical. We are tired of being "St Thomas": We are happy to be new. For those who are still unwilling to accept the presence of the disease in Haiti, please know that the-19 has been on our doorstep since mid-March; its spread is accelerating and the number of people infected is increasing day by day. Positive cases are now confirmed in all 10 departments of the country.


As we write this note, the official report of the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) reports 182 cases of infected persons, including 15 deaths. Given the country's limited screening capacity and the weaknesses of our health system, these numbers represent only a tiny tip of the iceberg. In any case, the reality is that the-19 is neither a Haitian political invention nor a joke, but a real illness, a serious illness and that kills!


There are no drugs or vaccinations against COVID-19, what can be done to protect yourself?


To protect themselves against the-19, REMODEL reminds everyone that you need: often wash hands with water and soap, avoid close contacts; avoid touching one's eyes, nose and mouth; cover your mouth and nose with the elbow of the elbow or with a tissue in case of cough or sneezing; wear a mask and if possible stay at home!







April 29, 2020

Coronavirus in Haiti - disinfectants, alcohol, heat: do they offer protection against the coronavirus?

by Patrick Delorme

As we write this note on the pandemic (April 26, 2020), 72 cases related to coronavirus are officially identified in the country, including 6 deaths. Given the extreme infectious of the new coronavirus and considering the limited ability to test at national level, it is likely that hundreds of cases will not be detected or carried over and spread the disease in an insidious way. A rapid increase in the number of people infected in the next few days in the country is not to be left out. For all these reasons, REMODEL continues to provide his advice based on scientific data to counter myths and rumors around the coronavirus.

Today, we are going to shed light on three issues that seem to be in the past few days.

1-Disinfectants: The intake of disinfectants or cleaning products could protect against coronavirus, True or false?

Wrong. disinfectants are dangerous and can be toxic if they are ingested. Anyone who ingest a sanitizer or cleaning product is likely to poison or even die. These products can, however, be used to reduce the risk of infection by regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently affected surfaces in your home (tables, door handles, chairs etc.). ).).).).).).

The instructions on these products must always be followed for optimal use. Three important precautions are to be seen using them: 1-Wear gloves; 2-Make sure good air 3-Never mix different products.

2-Alcohol: Alcohol consumption kills coronavirus, strengthens the immune system and makes a person more resistant to COVID-19, True or False?

Wrong. Alcohol consumption (Wine, beer, rum, clairin and other derivatives) will not affect your mouth or throat; it will not protect you from the-19 and will not prevent you from being infected with it. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), alcohol, on the contrary, can weaken your immune system and make you more likely to catch the-19. Frequent alcohol use can increase the risks to your health.

3-Hot bath, hot drinks and heat protect against the coronavirus. True or false?

Wrong. Although according to experts, the coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 is no longer sustainable around 56 to 65 degrees, no body can resist these temperatures. According to WHO's details, body temperature remains normal, between 36,5°C and 37°C, regardless of the water temperature of your bath or shower. If water is at 60°C, it can burn a third degree adult in 7 seconds and a child in 3 seconds.

Also, no evidence is associated with any protective effect of hot drinks against the-19. Please avoid serious burns for nothing!

It is now clear that the COVID-19 which spreads around the world exponentially, can be contracted under any climate, whether warm, sunny, cold, moist, tempered or medium.

To protect against the-19, REMODEL reminds everyone to wash their hands often with water and soap and respect other measures that save lives: avoid close contacts; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; cover your mouth and nose with the elbow or with a tissue in case of cough or sneezing; wear a mask and as much as possible, stay at home!






April 23, 2020

Haiti coronavirus: hand washing, a simple gesture that can save thousands of lives.

by Patrick Delorme

It is April 19, 2020, one month to day since the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) confirmed the first 2 cases of COVID 19 in Haiti. To date, 47 people are officially suffering from the coronavirus, including three deaths. At REMODEL, we strongly believe that the number of people infected in the country is higher - since the amount of tests carried out is very limited - we will strengthen and continue the promotion of actions - barriers that save. Today we are going to talk about hand washing.


Why is it important to wash your hands?

According to UNICEF, if soap wash before eating and after going to the toilet was part of our daily habits, this could reduce the number of deaths due to severe breathing infections by nearly 25 %. The World Health Organization (WHO) adds that hand hygiene is the easiest and effective way to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. That being said, one of the best ways to protect yourself from the-19 is to wash your hands often. Hand washing removes viruses that might be in it and prevents you from being infected by touching your eyes, mouth or nose. While waiting for the development of a vaccine, let's use one of the most effective tools we already have: regular hand washing with soap.


How to wash your hands properly?

According to UNICEF, proper hand washing is done in 5 steps:

Step 1: Get your hands to clean running water.

Step 2: Apply enough soap to cover your wet hands.

Step 3: Rub the entire surface of your hands, not to mention the back of the hands and spaces between your fingers and under nails, for at least 20 seconds.

Step 4: Rinse your hands carefully with running water.

Step 5: Dry your hands with a clean laundry, a single-use towel if possible.


When do you need to wash your hands?

Hands must be washed frequently, especially before and after meals, after sneezing or sneezing, returning from the toilet or latrines after using public transport after shopping at the market or at the grocery store and every time the hands are visibly dirty. If you do not have access to water or soap, you can use a hand disinfecting solution (sanitizer) that contains at least 60 % alcohol.


Finally, remember these three tips: 1-Any type of ordinary soap is suitable for washing your hands. 2-Do not use a non-running water container (a bowl for example) to rinse your hands. 3-You should also not use a towel that serves several people.





Key messages and actions for the prevention and control of the-19 in schools. UNICEF, March 2020

April 13, 2020

Haiti coronavirus: Everything you need to know about wearing the mask

by Patrick Delorme

As we write these lines, the health authorities of the country have confirmed 33 cases related to coronavirus, including 3 deaths. The Ministry of Health has also confirmed that the virus is being spread at the community level, showing that the spread is accelerating. Today, the risk of getting the virus in Haiti needs to be considered very high. In this environment where false information and rumors flow quickly, many are wondering if mask wearing is a good measure in the Haitian context.


Our answer is unequivocally: yes. " Countries could consider the use of masks in communities where other measures such as washing their hands or social alienation are difficult to put in place at cause of lack of water or difficult living conditions ". Haiti is one of these countries. In addition, recent scientific evidence suggests that wearing non-medical masks can prevent those who do not present the common signs of the disease (fever, cough, breathing difficulties), spread the virus in the community. For all these reasons, we believe that the wearing of the mask is necessary in Haiti, a country whose ability to test the coronavirus is extremely weak. However, the use of medical masks must be strictly reserved for health care professionals.


REMODEL therefore encourages community members to wear a mask in public as an additional measure. In this case, an ordinary mask or a homemade mask is enough. This type of mask doesn't provide perfect protection, but it's much better than nothing. Having said that, homemade masks alone cannot prevent the spread of the-19. The mask wearing a " false sense of security " should not give a " false sense of security " and make the gestures forget - essential barriers to protect yourself from the new coronavirus. Above all, we must keep washing your hands and respect physical alienation measures. These are recognized strategies so far to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


How to put, use, remove and remove a mask


A homemade mask could prevent you from sneezing your nose and mouth that are the most well-known front doors of the-19. It could also help block drops from a cough or sneezing so you can't not contaminate others. To improve its efficiency:

• A mask must be well adjusted, without opening; apply the mask to cover the nose and mouth and make sure to fit it best on your face

• You need to wash your hands before and after you handle a mask

• When wearing a mask, avoid touching it, as the outside of the mask can become contaminated. Every time you touch a used mask, wash your hands with water and soap

• To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of the mask).

• The mask should be often washed with soap and clean water





April 6, 2020

Coronavirus in Haiti: Everything you need to know about pregnancy and breastfeeding

by Patrick Delorme

As of April 2020, 5, 21 cases related to coronavirus, one of which is officially confirmed in Haiti. Given the severity of the epidemic, many are wondering what the risks to pregnant or nursing women are. In Haiti, a little more than 300,000 pregnant women are expected every year according to the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP). According to EMMUS VI (2016/17), 95 % of children in the country are breastfeeding, although only 40 % are exclusively fed up until the age of six months. Does coronavirus disease, Covid 19, represent a danger to pregnant women and their babies? Can virus-infected mothers continue to breastfeed their babies?

REMODEL wants to answer these questions based on the latest scientific information; but know that this information can change according to the evolution of knowledge in relation to the new coronavirus.


Is coronavirus disease, Covid 19, dangerous for pregnant women?

In the current state of knowledge, pregnant women are not more sensitive to the effects of coronavirus infection than other women. According to UNFPA, to date, there is no scientific evidence that pregnant women are more vulnerable to the-19. However, it is known that during pregnancy, pregnant woman's immunity may be reduced and the risk of infection may be increase especially in the presence of other medical conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity etc.) ). For all these reasons, a pregnant woman who would show signs of the 19 (fever, cough or breathing difficulties) should be given top priority.


If a pregnant woman is infected with the coronavirus, what is the effect on her baby?

There is still little data on this. At present, the elements we have are not enough to determine if the virus is spread from mother to fetus during pregnancy. According to the data currently available, there is no evidence of risk of malformations associated with COVID-19. However, the risk of premature birth appears higher when the woman contract the virus in her 3th quarter of pregnancy.


Can a mother continue to breastfeed her baby if she shows signs or if she has contracted the COVID-19?

The answer is yes if strict hygiene measures are met. According to UNICEF, given the benefits of breastfeeding and the insignificant role of breast milk in the transmission of other breathing viruses, the mother can continue to breastfeed while observing the necessary care.


Mothers showing signs of coronavirus but healthy enough to breastfeed should take the following precautions:

• Put on a mask while breastfeeding

• Wash your hands before and after breastfeeding

• Clean / disinfect contaminated surfaces.


If a woman is too ill to breastfeed, she can extract her milk by ensuring that the child is fed by a cup and / or a clean spoon by a person wearing a mask. This person needs to wash their hands before and after any contact with the child. This person will also need to ensure that all contaminated surfaces are properly cleaned and disinfect.


Sources: https://www.unicef.org/fr/coronavirus/coronavirus-ce-que-les-parents-doivent-savoir


March 30, 2020

Haiti: Covid 19 and stigma - #Kowona, we all ka you.

by Patrick Delorme

While the health authorities have officially confirmed an increase in cases of COVID 19 in the country, a total of 15, another very worrying phenomenon is growing and attracts attention: the stigma of people who have contracted the disease. This phenomenon is not new in Haiti; it has been seen with TB, HIV / AIDS, Cholera and now with the 19.


What's the stigma?

Let's just say that the stigma in this context is a negative behavior based on myths about people with a given disease. The of-19 pandemic has led to an increase in the stigma of people infected with the virus; to people returning from abroad; to some nationalities. In some cases, even health care professionals who provide care for the sick are not spared, as some people think they are infected.

How does this stigma manifest?

It manifests itself in several forms. Here we will only mention a few:

• verbal or physical attacks

• malicious, nasty messages from the media, especially social media

• not accusations against certain people, groups, nationalities (they are accused of being reckless, committing too many sins, attract bad fate, traveling abroad or intentionally spreading the corona virus)


What are the harmful effects of stigma?

• Stigma can cause people infected with the virus to feel guilty.

• She can discourage them from getting tested or getting treated.

• It can lead them to hide to avoid being rejected by society or even by members of their own families.

• People with the-19 or in contact with an infected person may avoid quarantine so they are not known to be sick. In the end, these people can spread the virus even more.


What is the's position in the face of the stigma?

REMODEL protest against all these negative behavior and condemns the stigma in all its forms. Stigma often comes from fear, understanding or from sources that are just gossip and do not rest on any scientific basis. That's why we at REMODEL, we bring you reliable information based on the obvious. We say it loud and loud, the 19 is a disease that can reach anyone. Anyone in contact with the virus can get sick. Don't make a sick person feel guilty! No sick person should be discrimination.


Kowona, we can all take - stay home, save life

Source: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf

March 22, 2020

L’épidémie du nouveau Coronavirus (COVID 19) : des mesures qui peuvent sauver des vies

by Patrick Delorme

Face aux fausses rumeurs et aux messages erronés qui circulent à propos du Corona Virus en Haïti et ailleurs, REMODEL se propose d’être une source d’information fiable et accessible pour toutes celles et ceux qui sont intéressés à la question.

Dès aujourd’hui, nous allons utiliser notre page Facebook pour partager avec vous de façon régulière, des mises à jour, des consignes basés sur les dernières données scientifiques et qui peuvent sauver des vies. Vous pouvez compter sur nous pour trouver des réponses factuelles à vos nombreuses questions.

Maintenant que deux cas sont officiellement confirmés en Haïti, quelles sont les bonnes pratiques à adopter?

Tout d’abord, disons d’emblée qu’à ce jour, Il n’existe aucun vaccin, aucun médicament spécifique, aucune solution miracle, scientifiquement prouvé, pour traiter le Covid 19.

Aussi pour se protéger contre le COVID 19 et réduire sa propagation, voici des mesures simples qui ont fait leur preuve ailleurs :

• Lavez-vous les mains souvent avec de l’eau et du savon

• Quand vous toussez ou éternuez, couvrez-vous la bouche et le nez au moins avec votre bras (creux de votre coude) afin de réduire la propagation des germes. Si vous utilisez un mouchoir en papier, jetez-le dès que possible et lavez-vous les mains par la suite.

• Saluez sans se serrer la main, ne pas se faire la bise ou se donner des accolades. Il a été confirmé qu’on peut avoir le Covid 19 avec des signes très légers et le transmettre à d’autres personnes même si on ne se sent pas malade

• Évitez toute sortie non indispensable

• Si vous êtes obligé de sortir, pratiquez la distanciation sociale en évitant tout rassemblement (y compris les prières en groupe, les foules de toute sorte) et essayer de garder une distance de 2 mètres les uns des autres.

• Restez à la maison - Rete Lakay, Rete Lakay, Rete Lakay!


Rappelez-vous : même si vous ne vous sentez pas malade et même si nous savons que ces mesures sont contraignantes, c’est notre seule contribution collective et responsable dans la lutte contre le Covid 19.

Cela dit, s’il faut retenir 3 messages de cette note, les voici :

1- Pour l’instant, il n’existe aucun traitement contre le Covid 19

2- Se laver les mains régulièrement pour éviter d’attraper le virus et le transmettre

3- Rete Lakay, Rete lakay, Rete lakay

REMODEL est votre source d’information fiable dans ces moments difficiles, n’hésitez pas à nous faire parvenir vos questions. Nous nous ferons un plaisir de les répondre dans les meilleurs délais!

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