Sta Catarina and Paquip

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Monday morning we got up very early in the morning to make it to Santa Catarina Palopo from Antigua, where we had spent Sunday reorganizing and having meetings. We spent the day seeing patients in collaboration with the local Ministry of Health Post, treating common illnesses and collecting data on the health effects of the disaster. We were very encouraged to see that the incidence of diarrhea was quite low; evidence again that at least some relief efforts in town, both ours and those of many others, have been successful. Unfortunately, the incidence of acute respiratory infections was quite high, and I suspect this will continue for a while until the housing and mud gets sorted out. The day was highly successful, and we have been asked back for next week.

In Paquip, the engineering team finished designing the emergency water system.