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UN Aid to Haiti for Cholera Long Overdue

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, a renewed effort is needed in an attempt to combat the cholera outbreak that has affected Haiti since 2010.  A more comprehensive plan is needed, and the UN must act quickly.  Haiti has waited six years for the UN to take accountability for its involvement, and the assistance needed for dealing with this crisis is long overdue. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. The Clock is Ticking for the U.N. in Haiti Louise C. Ivers, Partners in Health  October 9, 2016 The clock is ticking for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to have a lasting positive impact on Haiti and to lift the stain on his legacy there. The U.N. was responsible for starting a deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti that has killed at least 10,000 people so far. Mr. Ban recently conceded […]

After Admission of Involvement, the UN Must Do More for Cholera Victims

Thanks to Dr. Louise Ivers of Partners in Health for this Letter to the Editor describing how the United Nations can do much more for Haiti’s cholera victims, and calling on the UN to do so. Now that, almost six years later, the UN has admitted involvement in the cholera outbreak, it is time for real action. ————————- To make amends, the U.N. must provide funds to fight cholera in Haiti Dr. Louise Ivers (Letter to the Editor), The Washington Post August 26, 2016 Regarding the Aug. 19 editorial “The U.N. finally faces facts in Haiti”: The United Nations conceded that it played a role in a devastating cholera epidemic in Haiti six years ago and admitted that it should do “much more.” Contrition was long overdue. International experts reviewing the evidence (including a panel appointed by the United Nations) long […]

Civil Society Challenges UN Secretary-General Candidates to Take Accountability Pledge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Beatrice Lindstrom, Esq., Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti,,+1-404-217-1302 Gill Mathurin, AIDS-Free World,, +1-646-924-1710  Civil Society Challenges UN Secretary-General Candidates to Take Accountability Pledge 37 Groups launch 5-part pledge on sexual exploitation and abuse, cholera   NEW YORK, July 28, 2016 — Thirty-seven civil society groups are calling on candidates for the next UN Secretary-General to take an Accountability Pledge that signals their commitment to building a more accountable and transparent United Nations. “The next Secretary-General faces the challenge of ensuring that the UN responds justly when its peacekeepers and staff abuse or harm the very people they are sent to protect. We ask all candidates vying to become the UN’s next leader to commit to championing accountability by publicly taking this pledge,” said Beatrice Lindstrom, Staff Attorney with the Institute for Justice […]

IJDH’s Newest Board Member Discusses Justice at Mount Holyoke College

Joia Mukherjee, IJDH’s newest board member and a long-time collaborator delivered a powerful commencement address at Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts. The address is a must-read for anyone who cares about justice or healthcare, providing examples from Haiti, Kenya and more of how activism can change the world. Part of the transcript is below. Click HERE for the full text. Commencement Address 2016 May 15, 2016 Following is a transcript of the keynote speech by Joia Mukherjee, the chief medical officer for Partners In Health. Thank you, President Pasquerella, Chairperson Baumann. The faculty, the staff of Mount Holyoke College. And congratulations to my fellow honorary degree recipients. I am very delighted to be here with all of you. Most of all, congratulations to all of you, the class of 2016. [cheers] I am so proud to be one of your classmates! A […]

Why such strong opposition to the USDA peanut plan?

On the surface, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s plan to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts to malnourished Haitian children may sound great. Those familiar with Haitian agricultural and economic history, however, are strongly opposing this program because shipments of rice to Haiti in the 1980s and 1990s all but destroyed the Haitian rice market. Many, including IJDH, have written letters and made statements on the risks of the USDA plan but right now, the USDA says that it will still make the shipment before school starts in the fall. Can continued advocacy stop this plan from going through? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text and audio. The US wants to give peanuts to malnourished Haitian kids. Why is that a problem? Amy Bracken, PRI’s The World May 11, 2016 For those unfamiliar with Haitian history […]

USDA Peanut Plan Could be a Disaster for Haiti’s Economy

When the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its plan to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts to Haiti, a peanut-producing country, there was an immediate backlash. Although the 500 tons only represent 2% of Haiti’s current peanut production, there are other issues: The plan targets Haitian schoolchildren, though they are not the ones most affected by malnutrition. The plan paves the way for foreign peanuts to be sold in Haiti, which would undermine Haitian peanut farmers, leaving them unable to sell their crops and feed their families. Finally, the plan doesn’t address the underlying problem of a massive surplus of peanuts being produced in the United States. Haitian peanut farmers don’t need this kind of outside help. The hunger crisis would be better addressed by buying Haitian crops to feed the people. Part of the article is below. Click […]

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