IsraAID Team Leaving for Haiti

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JERUSALEM, Israel - An Israeli medical team will leave Thursday night for Haiti to assist with the recent cholera epidemic and to evaluate IsraAID's - Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid - programs there.

IsraAID has been working in Haiti since January 16, 2010, four days after the massive earthquake devastated the population there.

Over the past 10 months, Israeli medical teams have treated thousands of Haitians, provided informal education, helped with food production and performed a variety of other services for people affected by the earthquake.

According to the latest United Nations' figures, 284 people have died from cholera, which has now spread to the outskirts of Port au Prince. Another 3,769 have been infected with the disease.

From Haiti, the IsraAID team will travel to New Orleans to attend the United Jewish Federation's General Assembly, taking place from November 7-9. U.S Vice President Joe Biden will be one of the keynote speakers.

At the conference, the team plans to display one of the tents donated for IsraAID's field hospital, which was later used to establish the first informal school for Haitian children, many of whom were orphaned after the quake. 

Assembly participants will learn more about IsraAID's programs in Port au Prince through videos and photographs, children's art work and other materials.

IsraAID's outreach in Haiti is underwritten by United Jewish Federation branches in cities across America, the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto, and B'nai B'rith International.

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