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UN Secretary-General Promises “Material Assistance” for Cholera Victims

Statement attributable to Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Haiti The Secretary-General notes yesterday’s decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which upheld the immunity of the Organization from legal proceedings in the case of Georges et al v. United Nations et. al, in accordance with the UN Charter and other international treaties. The Secretary-General deeply regrets the terrible suffering the people of Haiti have endured as a result of the cholera epidemic.  The United Nations has a moral responsibility to the victims of the cholera epidemic and for supporting Haiti in overcoming the epidemic and building sound water, sanitation and health systems. Sustained efforts by national authorities and the international community have contributed to a 90 per cent reduction in the number of cases since the peak in 2011. However, eliminating cholera from Haiti will […]

Barriers to Haiti’s Cholera Elimination Plan

One reason the cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN troops proliferated so rapidly is that Haiti has poor water and sanitation infrastructure. There is a national plan in place to rectify this but so far, it has not been very successful. This paper analyzes the barriers to that plan’s success, particularly in the most impoverished areas of Haiti. The abstract is below. Click HERE for the full paper. Haiti’s progress in achieving its 10-year plan to eliminate cholera: hidden sickness cannot be cured Vicki Koski-Karrell, Paul Farmer, Louise Ivers, Paul Namphy and others, Dove Press May 24, 2016 Since the beginning of the cholera epidemic in Haiti 5 years ago, the prevalence of this deadly water-borne disease has fallen far below the initial rates registered during its explosive outset. However, cholera continues to cause extensive suffering and needless deaths across […]

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