Connecticut-based group helping Haiti following Hurricane Matthew

A man sits inside of what is left of his home with his cousin after it was damaged by Hurricane Matthew in Saint-Louis, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Rescue workers in Haiti struggled to reach cutoff towns and learn the full extent of the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew as the storm began battering the Bahamas on Wednesday and triggered large-scale evacuations along the U.S. East Coast. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

(WTNH) – Connecticut-based Save the Children is on the ground in Haiti to address concerns from Hurricane Matthew.

The organization’s emergency health unit is currently working to prevent a cholera outbreak.

“We are in a race against time to avert a mass cholera outbreak” Dr. Unni Krishnan, Director of the Emergency Health Unit said. “Recent emergencies such as Ebola and the cholera outbreak in Haiti in 2010 have highlighted the urgent need for clearer, more streamlined health responses. Our emergency health unit meets that need.”

Reports also indicate at least 2,000 children who have been separated from their parents or were living in orphanages have been evacuated.

“It is critical that we support families during this time,” Kevin Novotny, Save the Children’s Country Director in Haiti said. “Children are at risk of gender-based violence and placement into orphanages or long-term domestic servitude if their parents are unable to provide them with food and meet other basic needs. We cannot allow this to happen.”

Save the Children has worked in Haiti since 1978.

To support the organization’s work in response to Hurricane Matthew, click here.

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