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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 […]

UN Still Struggles to Raise Cholera Elimination Funds

Even after launching several “new” cholera elimination plans since the epidemic first began four years ago, the United Nations is still struggling to raise adequate funds for water and sanitation in Haiti. While donors hesitate to fund the plans for various reasons, some argue that the biggest is the lack of UN accountability for causing the epidemic in the first place. The UN itself has the capacity to fund the plan, if only it was prioritized effectively. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. High-Level Donor Conference on Cholera in Haiti Fails to Secure Much Needed Funding Jake Johnston, Common Dreams October 11, 2014 Like a Matryoshka doll, inside each cholera elimination initiative for Haiti one will find another and inside that, yet another. At the two-year anniversary of the earthquake, in January 2012, organizations launched a “call to […]

Potential Strides Towards a Cholera-Free Haiti

This month, Haiti’s cholera epidemic has the spotlight. Oral arguments have been granted for October 23, and October 9, a donor’s conference including Haitian Prime Minister Lamothe will attempt to raise funds for cholera eradication. We’re excited to see what comes of both. Click HERE for the original text. Haiti’s sanitation needs to be focus of meeting in capitol Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald October 8, 2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE – Four years after cholera arrived in Haiti, the country still is trying to curb the epidemic, even as it sees significant drops in the numbers of people succumbing to the deadly waterborne disease. Still, more than 30 people a day continue to get infected with cholera, a number that remains unacceptable, according to Haitians and other officials as they prepare for a major donor conference Thursday in Washington focused on bringing clean water and sanitation to […]

SCENARIOS-Race against time to solve Haiti post-quake problems

Reuters The Haitian government and foreign partners will attend a donor pledging conference in New York on Wednesday, seeking solutions and funds to address continuing humanitarian needs in Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake, and to guarantee its future stability and growth. Here are some of the risks involved in this initiative: DONOR FUNDING MUST BE SUFFICIENT TO MEET NEEDS Humanitarian and development groups say the donors’ response must be “substantial” to confront what experts are calling a unique disaster management challenge — the rebuilding of a wrecked capital, Port-au-Prince, that concentrated 65 percent of Haiti’s economic activity and generated 80 percent of its fiscal revenues. With needs estimates ranging from the several billions of dollars to as high as $14 billion or more, over delivery periods from 18 months to 10 or 20 years, Haiti’s partners stress the international […]

HAITI: Civil society wants bigger role in reconstruction

From IRIN: Humanitarian News and Analysis As the Haitian government appeals for an estimated US$11.5 billion in recovery and development funding at a UN donor conference on 31 March, NGOs – through which 65 percent of current donor contributions are channeled – are looking for a more coherent role in rebuilding the country. Ahead of the conference, a host of major civil society groups gathered at New York University on 25 March in a consultative meeting hosted by former US President Bill Clinton, who is the UN Special Envoy for Haiti, and with the European Union and InterAction, a coalition of US-based international NGOs. According to Sam Worthington, president of InterAction, civil society had a significant role in the recovery of the country after the 12 January earthquake, which killed approximately 200,000 people and left more than 1 million homeless. […]

Making Haiti Whole

New York Times Editorial A donors’ conference at the United Nations this Wednesday is meant to be the beginning of the long, slow birth of a new Haiti. Representatives of the Haitian government, the United States and other nations and aid organizations will be discussing large, ambitious, farsighted plans. Participants will be asked for lots of money: $11.5 billion to start, $34.4 billion over 10 years. That is a large investment for a small country, but it is not all Haiti needs. For this to succeed, the commitments made this week will need to be sustained for many years, and the rebuilding will need to clear away more than just rubble. It will need to sweep out the old, bad ways of doing things, not only those of the infamously corrupt and hapless government, but also of aid and development […]

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