While we can’t treat patients, we are fighting the conditions that make cholera possible in Haiti.
Cholera is a disease of the disempowered: it can only thrive where people cannot enforce their right to basic social services, including clean water and healthcare. It will likely persist in Haiti for years – as long as the conditions that make it thrive do. Those conditions also spawn other crises – extreme vulnerability to hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural stresses, and diarrheal diseases killing children more slowly but just as surely.
We’ve fought these conditions for a decade: we opposed the development assistance embargo (2000-2004) that cancelled clean water project loans. We helped win over $2 billion in debt cancellation, which freed up over $1 million per week for the Haitian government to provide social services.
Your support will keep these cholera-fighting projects going:
• Our fight for better conditions for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp residents – ending evictions and ensuring clean water, healthcare and sanitation – will stop the spread of the bacteria causing cholera.
• Discrimination and violence against women makes them more vulnerable to cholera, so protecting and empowering women reduces the risk for half of all Haitians.
• Promoting fair immigration treatment keeps tens of thousands of Haitians safe in the U.S., from where they send support to hundreds of thousands back home.
• Enforcing voting rights allows voters to elect leaders who prioritize basic social services.