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New Strategy to Raise Funds for UN Cholera Plan

David Nabarro, the British doctor put in charge of helping the United Nations raise funds for its new cholera plan, will bring the plan up at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The plan is for $400 million but so far, only a few countries have promised to contribute, for a total of around $7 million. Nabarro admits that it has and will be a slow process but is optimistic about getting more contributions. He will also build a high-level consortium to finance longer-term water and sanitation needs in Haiti, but stresses the importance that the funding come soon before cholera is worsened by the rainy season again. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s cholera fight hits global stage at World Economic Forum in Davos Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald January 17, 2017 The […]

Un-Vaccinated UN Troops Risk Exacerbating Haiti Cholera

Though cholera vaccines are now mandatory for all UN troops and peacekeepers, a unit deployed to Haiti from India, where cholera is endemic, was not vaccinated. This is alarming because cholera was first brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers in 2010 and has since sickened at least 800,000 and killed at least 9,500. Though a UN spokesperson said that responsibility for peacekeeper vaccinations is placed on member states, it should be up to the UN to enforce the rule and make sure that it doesn’t cause another cholera epidemic elsewhere. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN Police Unit Deploys to Haiti Without Cholera Vaccinations Associated Press, VOA News January 10, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — The U.N. stabilization mission in Haiti is administering cholera vaccines to a police unit from India months after it arrived in […]

UN Cholera Apology’s a First Step But Much More Needs to Be Done

On December 1 before the General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized for the cholera epidemic and detailed a $400 million plan to fight the disease. While the apology is a necessary first step towards justice and something that cholera victims have been demanding for years, the UN was very careful not to imply legal responsibility in the apology. Even the description of the plan was “solidarity” rather than accountability or responsibility. This may be contributing to the trouble the UN is having with getting member states to contribute to the plan. The UN must also make sure to fully consider compensating victims and find strategies to do so. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The UN’s Apology Won’t Heal Disease, But It’s A First Step to Justice Beatrice Lindstrom, Opinio Juris January 2, 2017 When […]

How UN’s New Cholera Elimination Plan Began with Haitians

Although Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s apology for the United Nations’ role in Haiti’s cholera apology is a major improvement in the UN’s response, there are questions about the UN’s new cholera elimination plan. For one, it doesn’t seem much different from the plan the Haitian government had already announced two years before. Even Ban’s op-ed regarding the plan echoes ideas previously proposed by Haitian public health advocates. The advocate who wrote this article emphasizes the importance of remembering where the cholera elimination work began. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The Problem with Ban Ki-Moon’s Plan for Cholera in Haiti Kenny Moise, Woy Magazine December 21, 2016 Lately, a spotlight has been placed on the United Nations in Haiti. Outgoing Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon has delivered pivotal statements at the General Assembly and via the Miami Herald […]

Representative Clarke Welcomes UN Apology for Haiti Cholera

Caribbean-American congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY), has issued a statement accepting and celebrating Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s apology to the Haitian people for the cholera epidemic that has plagued Haiti since 2010.  She now calls on the UN to fulfill their responsibility to the Haitian people. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. Congresswoman hails UN apology for cholera epidemic in Haiti Jamaica Observer December 3, 2016 NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — Caribbean American congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has welcomed the United Nations apology to the Haitian people over the cholera outbreak in the French-speaking Caribbean country. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued the apology earlier this week for the cholera epidemic that has killed more than 10,000 people in Haiti. “Although the secretary general refused to explicitly admit fault for introducing cholera to […]

A Long-Awaited UN Apology to Haiti for Cholera

In a speech last Thursday, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a long-overdue apology to the Haitian people for the cholera epidemic that has plagued the country following the 2010 earthquake.  While the apology is a success, it stops short of acknowledging that UN peacekeepers started the epidemic, and much is yet to be done in regards to eradicating the disease. UN apologizes for Haiti cholera spread in plan to eradicate disease Emanuella Grinberg and Richard Roth, CNN December 2, 2016 (CNN) The United Nations did not do enough to prevent the spread of cholera epidemic in Haiti that killed at least 10,000 people after the 2010 earthquake, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday, in what critics saw as an overdue apology. The UN has long denied claims that Nepalese peacekeepers brought cholera to the island nine months after the devastating earthquake, the first known […]

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