Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

How Injustice Aggravates Disasters

This op-ed proposes a similar approach to disaster preparedness and relief as we did after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The reason the earthquake had such a devastating effect is an unjust system in Haiti: Too many people were living in Port-au-Prince, seeking opportunities to make a better living; buildings that weren’t built according to the codes collapsed on people; those who couldn’t afford to move to a new home faced forced eviction from tent camps; etc. When it was time for reconstruction, Haitians were rarely included in the process, although they know more about Haiti than outsiders do, leading to very little improvement. As Nicholson states, “at-risk groups” need to be treated as “active agents within the disaster risk reduction process.” The only way to change the system is to make sure everyone is included in the decision-making process. […]

Chikungunya Virus Spreads in Haiti, US Possibly Next

The mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus is spreading rapidly across Haiti, with epidemiologists saying it’s probably heading for the US next. Although it’s extremely painful, the virus usually lasts for a few days and doesn’t come back because one develops immunity. Currently, the only official treatment is Tylenol. Mosquito-Borne Breaking Bone Disease Spreads In Haiti Peter Granitz, NPR May 19, 2014 Transmitted by mosquitoes, the chikungunya virus causes rash, fever and excruciating joint pain. It has no cure. The good news: It’s rarely fatal. Epidemiologists say the virus is headed to the U.S. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: A mosquito-borne virus is spreading across the Caribbean. It’s called Chikungunya. It’s hardly ever fatal but it does hurt, causing severe joint pain. And public health officials expect the disease to eventually reach the U.S. Reporter Peter Granitz takes us to Haiti, the country with […]

Mosquito-Borne Virus Spreads Through Caribbean

Chikungunya, a viral disease carried by mosquitoes, is rapidly spreading across the Caribbean. This is a tough blow for these nations that depend on tourism, as they prepare for the summer rush. While Haiti awaits confirmation of chikungunya cases, the neighboring Dominican Republic has reported 17 cases this week. As Haiti awaits confirmation, a quickly spreading mosquito-borne virus in Caribbean sparks concern With more than 4,000 cases and six deaths in the Caribbean, a mosquito-borne virus that is similar to dengue fever is stirring concerns. Jacqueline Charles, Nester Phillip and Ezra Fieser; Miami Herald May 1, 2014 ROSEAU, Dominica — Caribbean health experts warned Thursday that they “cannot stop” a rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus that has infected thousands and is associated with six deaths in the region. The alert comes as the Dominican Republic’s health ministry became the 15th Caribbean […]

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