New outbreaks of cholera have been reported in Haiti’s most at-risk departments, with 2015 already having a much higher number of cholera cases and deaths than 2014. Improved water and sanitation is much-needed to help stem the epidemic but funding for cholera eradication is still only about 31% of what’s needed. Perhaps accountability from the United Nations, which started the epidemic, is what’s needed to boost donor morale?
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Haiti – Health : Important and alarming cholera outbreaks
August 17, 2015
According to OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), despite the efforts of the Haitian Government and national and international partners who have helped to reduce the number of people affected by cholera since the start of the epidemic and were able to control the dramatic situation of the beginning of the year, new outbreaks are reported in the most at risk departments including the West, Centre, Artibonite and North. The cholera epidemic remains a major humanitarian concern given the limited resources to fund monitoring operations.
Since the beginning of the year, 19,949 cases and 170 deaths were reported in Haiti while from January to July 2014, the country recorded only 7,739 cases for 56 deaths. An increase of +256% and +300% deaths for the period analyzed in 2015.
Worrying figures, that demonstrate the need for health authorities and partners to maintain the vigilance during the wet season, usually accompanied by outbreaks in areas where access to safe drinking water and the sanitation remains difficult.
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