Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Lessons Learned following Haiti Cholera Outbreak

Years after a UN peacekeeping team brought cholera to Haiti, the UN estimates that a problem solvable with $2,000 would now require $2.2 billion to rid Haiti of the disease. To prevent similar outbreaks in the future, experts came up with preventative measures to diminish pathogen transmission such as pre-screening travelers, use of prophylaxis, and treatment of waste before disposal. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Learning From the Cholera Crisis in Haiti Elizabeth Carthy, Crisis Response Journal May 2016 Five-and-a-half years since its arrival, cholera had killed at least 9,300 people and sickened over 770,000. Studies indicate that an investment of approximately $2,000 (€1,700) in preventative measures could have prevented the epidemic, while the UN estimates that eradicating cholera from Haiti through water and sanitation infrastructure will cost $2.2 (€1.9) billion. This article outlines […]

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