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U.S. Congressional Briefing “Cholera and the Human Right to Health in Post-Earthquake Haiti”

Ana S. Ayala, O’Neill Institute May 10, 2012 In October of 2010, less than ten months after being hit by a devastating earthquake, Haiti experienced a cholera epidemic that quickly spread throughout the small nation. The waterborne disease has now killed at least 7,050 Haitians and sickened over 531,000 others. Meanwhile, nearly half a million earthquake victims remain without adequate housing, and Haitians continue to face one of the most challenging clean water and sanitation situations in the world. As the rainy season sets in, the country is experiencing a notable increase in the number of deaths attributed to cholera, according to the UN. On April 18, 2012, the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CESCR) co-sponsored a U.S. Congressional Briefing that examined U.S. and international efforts to address what has become the world’s […]

A Call for U.N. Accountability for Cholera in Post-Earthquake Haiti (O’Neill Institute,

J.P. Shuster, O’Neill Institute Research Associate January 5, 2012 In response to the second anniversary of Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake, this post begins a four-part weekly series that will examine the implications of ongoing efforts to establish U.N. accountability for allegedly causing Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic in the months following the events of January 12, 2010. This first post was authored by O’Neill Institute Research Associate, J.P. Shuster. Haiti, which is still very suffering from the devastation of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake of January 2010, now also faces the largest active cholera epidemic in the world. At present, reportedly, the water-born disease has already infected roughly 515,000 people – about five percent of Haiti’s total population – and killed nearly 7,000 people since it was detected last year. And the evidence of U.N. responsibility for the spread of the […]

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