Supporters of cholera accountability in Haiti were given good news recently, as the UN announced its plan to treat, eliminate, and compensate for cholera in Haiti. While this announcement has been deemed a big step in the right direction by many, major questions persist over where this proposed $400 million will come from.
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UN Approves Haiti Cholera Compensation Plan. But Who Will Actually Pay for It?
Mark Leon Goldberg, UN Dispatch
October 26, 2016
The United Nations has agreed to compensate the victims of Haiti’s cholera outbreak as part of a $400 million aid package that also includes the goal of eradicating cholera from the country.
The decision comes six years after Nepalese UN Peacekeepers likely introduced a deadly cholera strain to the country through improper sanitation practices at a peacekeeping outpost. The resulting epidemic has killed over 9,500 people and sickened thousands more. Speaking to reporters yesterday, Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson said “We want to do this because we think it’s the right thing to do for the Haitian people, but frankly speaking, it’s the right thing to do for the United Nations.”
The details of the $400 million aid package are still being worked out, but it includes three “tracks:” Cholera eradication; building up Haiti’s water and sanitation infrastructure; and compensation for the victims, which the UN is calling “material assistance” to those affected…
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