20 communes in Haiti are on red alert as cholera cases so far this year have double compared to last year. Clean water and proper sanitation continue to be major problems, causing cholera to persist in Haiti. The Pan American Health Organization is calling for increased financing but the United Nations (UN) continues to struggle to raise water and sanitation funds. Many believe that the lack of UN accountability for the epidemic is to blame for the funding trouble.
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Haiti: Cholera cases double from previous year
Samuel Maxime, Haiti Sentinel
March 30, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Experts say Cholera will continue to kill and infect citizens as long as they lack access to clean water and sanitation. This information comes as suspected cases and deaths have doubled in January and February compared to the year prior and twenty of the nation’s communes are on red alert.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reports that during the first two months of this year, cholera cases totaled 7,225, including 86 deaths – higher than recorded during the same period in 2012 and 2014. The resurgence of the disease began in October of last year and has continued on.
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