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Hurricane Matthew’s Destruction Demands Action Against Cholera

The destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew has hit hard in Haiti.  The damage and flooding have only served to make the cholera outbreak that began in 2010 worse, and the international community, in particular the United Nations, needs a plan to combat the cholera outbreak and help Haiti in the wake of this devastating natural disaster. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Hurricane Matthew’s destruction in Haiti demands an aggressive plan to fight cholera Michael Posner, The Miami Herald October 13, 2016 Last week, Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, dealing another blow to our poorest, most challenged neighbor. After an earthquake in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people, a United Nations peacekeeping force introduced cholera to Haiti, infecting almost 800,000 people. According to Doctors Without Borders, there have been close to 30,000 cholera-related deaths. Six years […]

After Hurricane Matthew, UN cholera threatens Haiti

In 2010, United Nations peacekeepers introduced cholera to Haiti, sickening more than 700,000, and killing over 9,000 people. As of Sunday, Port-Salut HCR Hospital started to see more cases of cholera, which is a water-borne disease. “Cholera is going to spread, no doubt,” said Mario Joseph of BAI-IJDH, who sued the UN on behalf of Haitian cholera victims. After Hurricane Matthew, cholera is once again threatening storm-ravaged Haiti by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald October 9th, 2016 PORT-SALUT, HAITI . Before Hurricane Matthew’s apocalyptic plow through this one-time tourist haven on Haiti’s southwest coast, Port-Salut’s small hospital hadn’t seen a cholera case in three months. On Sunday, as Haiti faced the double threat of starvation and cholera — the deadly water-borne disease that since 2010 has sickened more than 700,000 and killed over 9,000 — Port-Salut HCR Hospital was once again starting to see cholera cases. […]

Rerun elections postponed in response to Hurricane Matthew

After Hurricane Matthew’s landfall has left five dead, ten injured, and hundreds of thousands of people displaced in Haiti, the Provincial Electoral Council (CEP) has postponed the rerun elections. The CEP has yet to announce a date for new elections. The government estimates that at least 350,000 people are in need of immediate assistance. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Rerun elections in Haiti postponed due to Hurricane Matthew Jacqueline Charles and Daniel Chang, The Miami Herald October 5, 2016   PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haitian elections officials postponed Sunday’s rerun presidential and legislative elections for the second time this year, saying they had yet to assess the extent of damage from Hurricane Matthew, which left at least five people dead and hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their homes. The country’s Provisional Electoral Council did not provide […]

Doctor who led Ebola response to spearhead Haiti cholera epidemic

The UN has appointed British physician David Nabarro, who spearheaded the UN’s response to Ebola, to go after cholera on the ground level. Nabarro plans to increase vaccination rates and numbers of rapid response teams to ensure that help gets to the victims before the disease turns fatal. To help cover costs, Nabarro will go after smaller, specific chunks of funding by emphasizing the UN Secretary General’s call for the implementation of an effective program to end cholera in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for full text. British doctor who tackled Ebola now leads fight against cholera in Haiti By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald September 30, 2016 In early August of 2014, the Ebola virus was rapidly spreading through small towns in three West African nations, and doctors were losing the fight to control the outbreak. David […]

U.S. Plan to Deport Haitians Raises Fairness Questions

September 22’s U.S. Department of Homeland Security policy change – resuming noncriminal Haiti deportations to Haiti (for the first time since the 2010 earthquake) despite continued unstable conditions there – shocked and disappointed Haitian Americans. It also renewed questions about the fairness of DHS’ Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP). Renewing deportations can only be destabilizing, since Haiti is in no position to receive additional deportees. Meanwhile, as of June 30, only 1,952 beneficiaries had been approved under HFRP, which was created in part to generate additional remittances to help Haiti recover. (In contrast, DHS has welcomed over 100,000 under its Cuban FRP.) The low HFRP number is due to DHS’s arbitrary limitation of eligibility to beneficiaries already within at most three years of getting their visas, although the approved wait list extends to about 13 years. DHS should expand HFRP to include those further years back on the wait […]

With New Policy, U.S. Will Deport Non-Criminal Haitian Migrants Into Unstable Political Environment

The Obama administration announced Thursday that the six year post-earthquake pause on the deportation of undocumented Haitian migrants will end, with deportations resuming in full. Thousands of Haitian migrants who have dangerously made their way to the San Diego border crossing in the last year are now facing deportation. The Obama administration claims there has been sufficient progress in Haiti to warrant the change in policy, but political stability, and therefore the safety of repatriated migrants, is already questionable and could deteriorate quickly depending on what happens in the upcoming elections on October 9th. This policy change also leaves thousands of Haitians currently en route to the US-Mexico border in dangerous limbo in the hands of non-sympathetic Central American governments. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.S. shifts Haiti deportation policy, and gives a […]

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