Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. 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 Here’s a way to get a big bang for a buck: If a few hundred United Nations peacekeeping troops had […]

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