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Cholera in Haiti and UN Liability Panel [Video+Article]

IJDH Board member Ira Kurzban participated in an esteemed panel on cholera in Haiti and United Nations accountability for causing the epidemic. Since the start of the epidemic in 2010, over 9,000 Haitians have died and over 800,000 have had cholera and the epidemic is still not under control. While then-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized for not doing enough to stop the epidemic, Dr. Cadet (one of the panelists) made it clear that “the battle is far from being over.” Though the case against the United Nations may be over in court for now, it continues on the streets through advocacy and spreading the word so the fight for cholera continues until the UN ends the epidemic once and for all. A partial write-up about the panel is below. Here is the full text. UN immunity beats back legal claims by Haitian […]

India Contributes $100k to New UN Cholera Plan

India has joined three other countries – France, South Korea and Liechtenstein, in contributing to the United Nations’ new fund to eliminate cholera from Haiti. The new fund was detailed at the end of last year when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the people of Haiti for the UN’s role in the cholera epidemic. The $400 million dollar fund is expected to come from donations by UN member states. India will contribute $100,000. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. India contributes USD 100,000 to UN for Haiti cholera relief The Indian Express January 24, 2017 India has contributed USD 100,000 to a UN trust fund designed to support Haiti in recovering from the ravages of the 2010 Cholera epidemic and building improved sanitation and health systems in the country. First Secretary in India’s Permanent […]

UN Advisor Plans Consortium for Water and Sanitation in Haiti

UN Special Advisor David Nabarro is calling for a consortium to help with the new United Nations plan to fight cholera in Haiti. This consortium would be committed to improving Haiti’s water and sanitation systems, in line with Track One of the new plan.  Nabarro said he will make sure Haitians are in charge of the consortium but there will be “backup,” and that donors to the UN plan want to be sure that the strategy will be “pursued to the finish.” So far, France, Korea and Canada have donated to the plan. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Donor ‘consortium’ needed to bolster Haiti’s long-term recovery and eradicate cholera, UN adviser says ReliefWeb January 17, 2017 17 January 2017 – A senior United Nations adviser called today for a new “consortium” of donors […]

New Strategy to Raise Funds for UN Cholera Plan

David Nabarro, the British doctor put in charge of helping the United Nations raise funds for its new cholera plan, will bring the plan up at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The plan is for $400 million but so far, only a few countries have promised to contribute, for a total of around $7 million. Nabarro admits that it has and will be a slow process but is optimistic about getting more contributions. He will also build a high-level consortium to finance longer-term water and sanitation needs in Haiti, but stresses the importance that the funding come soon before cholera is worsened by the rainy season again. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s cholera fight hits global stage at World Economic Forum in Davos Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald January 17, 2017 The […]

Why President Obama Should Support Cholera Victim Compensation

United Nations peacekeepers sparked a deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010, the first time Haiti had cholera in at least a century. For six years after that, the UN stonewalled and dodged responsibility by hiding behind its immunity, while over 10,000 Haitians died and at least 800,000 became ill from cholera. Before President Obama leaves office, he has a chance to help make this right by committing U.S. funds to the victim compensation fund and cholera elimination plan. This would be more than fair, as it appears that the U.S. was a major reason the UN took the “stonewalling position” to begin with. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. President Obama Should Make Sure that Haitian Victims of UN-Caused Cholera Are Compensated Mark Weisbrot, The Huffington Post January 12, 2017 Seven years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, President […]

Le Canada promet 6 millions pour lutter contre le choléra

Le 1 décembre, l’ONU a annoncé un plan de 400 million de dollars pour combattre le choléra en Haïti.  Le problème est que les États membres de l’ONU doivent avancer ces millions et jusqu’aujourd’hui, seulement la France et la Corée du Sud avaient promis chacune 1 million. Le Canada a maintenant annoncé sa contribution de 6 millions sur deux ans. Comme un leader en matière d’aide humanitaire pour Haïti, le Canada espère donner un bon exemple aux autres membres de l’ONU a l’égard de ce plan. Partie de l’article est ci dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Haïti: Ottawa versera 6 millions pour lutter contre le choléra Gabrielle Duchaine, La Presse 10 janvier 2017 À deux jours du septième anniversaire du tremblement de terre en Haïti, le Canada promet 6 millions sur deux ans pour lutter contre l’épidémie de choléra qui a fauché 10 000 vies depuis que […]

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