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IPI Releases Report on Implications of UN Peacekeeping on Health

The International Peace Institute (IPI) has released a 40-page report titled “Healing or Harming? United Nations Peacekeeping and Health” focusing on the implications of United Nations peacekeepers on the overall health of the populations it serves. The attached report discusses extensively the case of cholera in Haiti, highlighted from page 12-15. The authors explore the implications of the UN’s introduction of cholera to Haiti on the Haitian population devastated by the disease, and on the reputation of the UN as an institution in light of their inadequate response. IPI finds that the UN’s introduction of cholera and its response “have damaged the organization’s legitimacy and moral standing. This represents a clear risk to the overall reputation of UN peacekeeping…” (15).

In section one, Peacekeeping as a Health Problem, the report found “a need for greater attention to medical checks and health care provision for peacekeepers both before and during deployment” (1).

In the second section, Peacekeeping as an Opportunity to Improve Population Health, they point to cholera in Haiti as “the clearest example in the history of peacekeeping of the detrimental health impact that missions can have” (13).

Follow this link to read the full report: IPI_Rpt_Health_and_Peacekeeping

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