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Doctors Without Borders Supports Sexual Violence Survivors

MEDIA ADVISORY  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Contact: Jessica Brown +1-212-763-5740 MSF MEDIA ADVISORY: HAITI: PHOTOGRAPHER BENEDICTE KURZEN SHEDS LIGHT ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE  Sexual violence in Haiti is a medical emergency, and affects a disproportionate number of children. July 11-15, NOOR photographer Benedicte Kurzen will be sharing the reality of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sexual violence clinic in Port-au-Prince directly over MSF’s Instagram. Since opening a year ago, the number of survivors coming to the Pran Men m (Creole for “Take My Hand”) clinic in Port-au-Prince has risen to one hundred per month. More than half of the patients are under 18 years of age. MSF provides medical and psychological care, and other support where necessary. The MSF clinic is part of a broader network of Haitian organizations supporting survivors of sexual violence. Benedicte’s work will further seek to […]

Mounting Pressure for Accountability for UN Cholera Epidemic

Since October 2010, Haitians have been dying from a cholera epidemic brought to the island by United Nations peacekeepers. Victims have been calling for justice since then, and some recent developments provide signs of hope: On March 1, IJDH Staff Attorney Beatrice Lindstrom argued on behalf of cholera victims before a panel of three judges who indicated some concern about how the victims could access justice if UN immunity continues to be upheld in this case. On March 15, a letter from five UN experts was presented to the Human Rights Council, arguing that UN immunity in this case challenges its credibility in promoting human rights. In more concerning news, a recent study by Doctors Without Borders shows that the death toll from cholera could be at least three times higher than official figures say. Many hope that this revelation will […]

Haiti Cholera Deaths Could Be 3-10 Times What’s Reported

Officially, a devastating 9,200 Haitians have died from the cholera brought to Haiti in 2010 by United Nations peacekeepers. A recent study by Doctors Without Borders confirms suspicions that the true number of cholera deaths is higher. By projecting the results of the study to the entire country, the death toll could be as much as ten times higher in parts of Haiti! When the epidemic first started, the Haitian government lacked a proper surveillance system to monitor cholera deaths. Cholera Deaths in Haiti Could Far Exceed Official Count Rick Gladstone, The New York Times March 18, 2016 Deaths from the cholera epidemic that ravaged Haiti after the 2010 earthquake could be much higher than the 9,200 officially tallied so far because of underreporting during the initial outbreak, a new study suggests. The study, by Doctors Without Borders, found that incomplete […]

As Cholera Spikes, Haiti’s Rainy Season Approaches

New cholera infections are increasing in Haiti as the United Nations continues to struggle to raise funds for an initiative it started in 2012. As the rainy season approaches, many fear that even the funds that were already requested by MINUSTAH ($36.5 million for the next 2 years) will not be enough to keep the infection rates from rising. Click HERE for the original article. Early Haiti rains bring risk of bleak cholera season Peter Granitz, Reuters April 17, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE, April 17 (Reuters) – Haitian officials are reporting a spike in cholera cases late last year and carrying over into the first three months of 2015 as an early start to the rainy season has public health workers worried. As of March 28, the Haitian Ministry of Health confirmed at least 11,721 cases of cholera, more than a 300 percent […]

Despite Cholera Resurgence, Donors Are Reluctant

As the rainy season begins in Haiti, cases of cholera are climbing again. Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) reports that there aren’t enough treatment centers or supplies to treat the epidemic’s resurgence. Meanwhile, the UN is still struggling to raise money for a cholera elimination plan which has been proposed several times, in multiple iterations, in attempts to capture donors’ interest. Many blame the lack of donor support on the lack of UN accountability for causing the epidemic: The UN still has not apologized to cholera victims or even accepted responsibility. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Cholera on the Uptick in Haiti as Donor Response Falters Center for Economic and Policy Research November 25, 2014 From January through August of 2014, 69 Haitians died from cholera and some 8,628 fell ill, a 76 percent […]

Haiti Still Struggles to Treat the Cholera Epidemic

Four years after cholera was introduced to Haiti by UN peacekeepers, the response to the epidemic remains inadequate. Water and sanitation infrastructure have barely been improved and the Haitian health system has a shortage of medicines to treat cholera. Even cholera treatment centers lack beds, making it difficult for organizations like Doctors without Borders to respond. Improvements need to be made soon to prevent more people from dying. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti: Too Few Beds to Treat Cholera Patients Doctors Without Borders November 24, 2014 More than 2,000 people with symptoms of cholera have required emergency hospitalization since mid-October in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Even though the majority of the Haitian population remains exposed to cholera due to a lack of access to clean drinking water and latrines, capacity to treat those affected […]

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