The United Nations and the Haitian government continue to struggle to raise funds for water, sanitation, and other initiatives to end the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Pedro Medrano Rojas, the Senior UN Coordinator for the Cholera Response in Haiti, stresses the importance of a sustained response to the epidemic. Despite many re-launches and re-branding of cholera elimination initiatives, they simply aren’t catching donors’ attention.
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‘Haiti cannot wait 40 years’ to eliminate cholera, warns UN envoy as response lags
UN News Centre
November 13, 2014
13 November 2014 – The top United Nations coordinator for cholera response in Haiti says support for initiatives to combat the disease has been “disappointing,” noting that while it may be possible to eliminate cholera in about a decade, at the current rate of funding, it would take more than 40 years to do the job.
“We are standing at a tipping point, and the European Union – the world’s largest single donor of development aid – could be a leading actor on this: Haiti cannot wait two generations until reaching the same levels of coverage as the rest of the region,” wrote Pedro Medrano Rojas, Senior UN Coordinator for the Cholera Response in Haiti, in the Greek newspaper To Vima.
According to Mr. Medrano, the cholera outbreak in Haiti that started in October 2010 has produced more than 707,000 suspected cases and over 8,600 deaths to date, and “will continue until health, water and sanitation systems are addressed.”
“Like Ebola, cholera feeds on weak public health systems, and requires a sustained response,” he wrote.
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