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Why hasn’t the UN implemented the most effective cholera prevention measure?

A paper recently published by Yale University researchers shows that for less than $1 per peacekeeper, the United Nations could have prevented the cholera epidemic that continues to ravage Haiti five years later. The UN actually received similar recommendations–like administering a prophylactic dose of antibiotics to peacekeepers from countries with cholera–in 2011 but has not followed most of them. The UN claims that fear of creating antibiotic-resistant strains of cholera is what keeps it from implementing this basic life-saving recommendation. Scientists say that this concern is unfounded.

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A $1 Pill That Could Save Thousands Of Lives: Research Suggests Cheap Way To Avoid U.N.-Caused Cholera

Richard Knox, WBUR
February 5, 2016

(United Nations Photo/Flickr)

Here’s a way to get a big bang for a buck:

If a few hundred United Nations peacekeeping troops had taken a $1 antibiotic pill five years ago before they were deployed to Haiti, it may well have prevented a cholera outbreak that has so far sickened 753,000 Haitians and killed more than 9,000.

That’s the takeaway of a new study by Yale University researchers in the journal PLoS.

The authors believe their evidence should prompt the U.N. to adopt a simple and incredibly cost-effective strategy: Make sure all the 150,000 peacekeepers it sends out into the world each year from cholera-afflicted countries get preventive doses of antibiotics before deployment.


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