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Paul Farmer visits Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

After working as a physician in Haiti for 30 years, Paul Farmer is “terrified” by the spread of UN-cholera. However, Dr. Farmer states unequivocally that Haiti has shown progress. For example, he recounts the story of a 12-year old who may have been paralyzed by Zika or a number of things. The boy’s mother took him to the emergency room at University Hospital, a half-hour from the capital. The emergency room specialist “thought he would be asphyxiated if the paralysis hit the diaphragm, so she [the doctor] put him on a breathing machine and did a tracheotomy, which saved his life.” Haiti has shown progress in that the Emergency Room was open 24/7 and maintains an Intensive Care Unit. While Dr. Farmer is “humbled” by his Haitian colleagues, he responds to the notion that Haitians are more resilient than other peoples: […]

Sister Marie Combo Letter December 27, 2011

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New Details Emerge on Elimination Plan as Cholera Continues to Spread

CEPR June 12th, 2013 On May 31 the World Bank, PAHO and UNICEF announced $28.1 million in new funding for cholera elimination efforts in Haiti. The new funding was announced following a meeting in Washington, D.C. of the Regional Coalition to Eliminate Cholera Transmission in Hispaniola. In February 2013, a $2.2 billion, 10-year cholera elimination plan was announced by the Government of Haiti, with the support of the coalition. The plan calls for $443.7 million over the first two years. Thus far, however, there have been few details of how the plan will be funded and coordinated. In announcing the new funding, PAHO noted that UNICEF would “take lead responsibility for the operation of a national trust fund to channel resources to cholera elimination.” While the terms of reference for the national fund are still being worked out, those familiar with the […]

UN launches new initiative to eliminate cholera in Haiti and Dominican Republic

UN News Centre, December 11, 2012. At a camp for displaced persons in Port au Prince, Haiti, residents get bleach and water purification tablets which are used in cholera prevention. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi 11 December 2012 – The United Nations today announced a new initiative to help eliminate cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the two nations that make up the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. “The new initiative will invest in prevention, treatment, and education – it will take a holistic approach to tackling the cholera challenge,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the initiative’s launch. “The main focus is on the extension of clean drinking water and sanitation systems – but we are also determined to save lives now through the use of an oral cholera vaccine.” “Because global vaccines are in short supply, we will first target high-risk areas: densely populated […]

UN Launches Plan to Eliminate Cholera in Haiti, Dominican Republic

By The Caribbean Journal December 11, 2012 Above: workers load supplies for distribution to cholera victims (FP/UN Photo/Marco Dormino) A new United Nations initiative aims to eliminate cholera in Haiti and in the neighbouring Dominican Republic, the world body announced Tuesday. The plan, which was unveiled at the UN’s New York headquarters, will support the existing Initiative for the Elimination of Cholera in the Island of Hispaniola, which was launched in 2011 by Haiti President Michel Martelly and then-Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez. “The new initiative will invest in prevention, treatment, and education — it will take a holistic approach to tackling the cholera challenge,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said. “The main focus is on the extension of clean drinking water and sanitation systems – but we are also determined to save lives now through the use of an oral cholera […]

UN pledges $23.5 million toward ending cholera in Haiti

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald Dec 11, 2012.  The United Nations will provide support and $23.5 million in funding to help Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic eliminate a deadly cholera epidemic that has sickened more than 600,000 and killed more than 7,700, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday. Ban said that while Haiti, in particular, has seen a dramatic drop in cholera infection and fatality rates, eliminating the waterborne disease from the island of Hispaniola “will continue to require the full cooperation and support of the international community.” Tuesday’s announcement comes almost a year after Haitian and Dominican leaders announced a 10-year cholera eradication plan, requiring $2.2 billion for Haiti and $70 million for the Dominican Republic. It also comes amid increased public pressure by human rights advocates and others, including filmmaker Oliver Stone, who recently launched an Internet petition campaign, […]

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