David Nabarro, who is heading up the United Nations’ cholera response in Haiti, has high hopes for funding the plan now that Jovenel Moise has been confirmed as Haiti’s new president. Though contributions from UN member states besides France and South Korea have been slow, Nabarro hopes that funding will pick up now that there is an established government for the funds to go into. The World Economic Forum will take place later this month and Nabarro plans to use that opportunity to convince potential donors to invest in a long-term plan for Haiti.
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UN hopes Haiti election will open door for cholera aid
January 7, 2017
The United Nations is struggling to get pledged aid for Haiti’s cholera epidemic victims but hopes nascent political stability will inspire confidence in donors and investors.
In early December, the United Nations for the first time apologized to Haitians for its role in the epidemic. It announced a plan to help the victims’ families and bolster the fight against the disease, hoping to mobilize $400 million over two years.
But donations have only trickled in, said David Nabarro, a British doctor who is special adviser to the UN on the organization’s sustainable development agenda.
“Money remains a serious problem,” he said Thursday. “I have never found it so hard to raise money for an issue as I am finding it to raise money for this.”
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