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How Peacekeeping Needs to Change to Avoid Risks to Public Health

Historically, soldiers have played a major role in the spread of diseases worldwide. This trend didn’t end with the creation of “peaceful” soldiers as United Nations peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti in 2010, and pose a serious risk of bringing drug-resistant malaria to African countries. Despite the high risk of peacekeepers bringing disease to vulnerable areas, the United Nations has done little to prevent these sorts of disasters in the future. The UN certainly has the power and resources to implement public health strategies that will mitigate these risks. Doing so could also aid in capacity-building for troop-contributing countries in their own domestic response to disease. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Peace and Pestilence Lessons on Peacekeeping and Public Health from the Haitian Cholera Epidemic Adam Houston, Foreign Affairs June 21, 2015 For centuries, war and […]

Les craintes de résurgence du choléra en Haïti

Le Ministère de la santé a récemment publié des statistiques sur le choléra en Haïti. Ces statistiques indiquent une résurgence du choléra si les précautions nécessaires, telles que la décontamination de l’eau et des sérums orals, ne sont pas prises. Jusqu’ici, presque 9,000 personnes sont mortes du choléra et plus de 730,000 haïtiens ont été affectés. Partie de l’article est ci dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Haïti – Choléra : 20 communes en alerte rouge HaitiLibre 28 mars 2015  Les statistiques publiées par le Ministère de la santé publique et de la population (MSPP) indiquent une augmentation du nombre de cas de choléra vus pour le début de cette année. En effet, durant les 9 premières semaines épidémiologiques (Du 1er janvier au 28 février 2015), 7,833 cas suspects (4,149 en janvier 2015 et 3,684 en février 2015 comparé à 1629 en janvier 2014 et 1259 […]

Haiti, DR to eliminate cholera with $2.2 billion

Trenton Daniel and Martha Mendoza, The Huffington Post November 28, 2012 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haiti and the Dominican Republic will require $2.2 billion over the next 10 years for an ambitious plan to eliminate cholera, an official from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. The plan is due to be rolled out in a week or two and it outlines a government-led effort backed by the CDC, the Pan American Health Organization and UNICEF. It’s still unclear who will pay for what would be the biggest endeavor yet to develop Haiti’s barely existent water and sanitation system. “This is the greatest public health intervention that could be implemented in Haiti, but it’s a long-term strategy, it’s not a fix tomorrow,” said Dr. Jordan Tappero, director of the Health Systems Reconstruction Office for the CDC’s Center for Global […]

Zefè Tribal : MINUSTAH, yon danje motèl pou Ayiti

Dimanche,  AlterPresse 28 octobre 2012 Willem Romeus * Tèks sa a vin jwenn AlterPresse 24 oktòb 2012 Antanke sitwayen ayisyen ki renmen peyi li, mwen pa asepte ditou prezans MINUSTAH an Ayiti. Plis lane ap pase, plis lendiyasyon ap monte nan kè mwen, nan tèt mwen, devan lokipasyon degize sa a k’ap kouri sou uit lane. Jodi a, MINUSTAH se yon gwo malè pandye, yon menas pou egzistans peyi a. Men pou ki rezon. Chèf MINUSTAH a, pòtpawòl MINUSTAH ak sipòtè MINUSTAH yo, depi yo pran lapawòl, yo tonbe chante yo mete estabilite nan peyi a. Ki vle di: Ayiti gen enstitisyon sosyal, politik, ekonomik k ap fonksyone komsadwa. Ayiti se yon kote dyalòg ap mache, diskisyon ap fèt bò tab pou Demokrasi vanse, pou ekonomi fè kwasans, pou esklisyon kaba, pou lapè chita sou baz solid. Tousa se manti. […]

UN Peacekeepers to blame for 7,500 cholera deaths in devastated Haiti: public health expert

Michael Higgins, National Post October 24, 2012 A cholera patient lies in bed at the Cuban-run Nicolas Armand hospital in Arcahaie, north of Port-au-Prince, in this file photo. A leading international public health expert says the “most likely” source of the cholera outbreak was a UN camp for soldiers from Nepal, a country where the water-borne disease is widespread. A devastating cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed more than 7,500 people has been blamed on United Nations’ peacekeeping troops in the country. Dr. Daniele Lantagne, a leading international public health expert who helped investigate the outbreak for the UN, said the “most likely” source of the cholera was a camp for soldiers from Nepal, a country where the water-borne disease is widespread. Related Photo gallery: Haiti cholera outbreak On the ground in Haiti: Searching for the resources to fight cholera […]

A plan to stop cholera’s spread : Professor proposes antibiotics for relief workers to prevent outbreaks

Alvin Powell, Harvard Gazette October 23, 2012 Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer “The most likely conclusion is cholera was introduced in Haiti by a human,” said John Mekalanos, Lehman Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, in a talk called “River Monster: The Epidemiology, Ecology, and Pathobiology of Cholera.” Haiti had been cholera-free for 100 years before the devastating earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince in January 2010. A Harvard medical specialist suggested Monday that relief workers and peacekeepers from cholera-endemic countries should be treated with antibiotics before they serve in other nations, to avoid repeating the Haitian epidemic that has killed thousands. Haiti had been cholera-free for 100 years before the devastating earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince in January 2010. The disaster brought relief workers and United Nations’ peacekeepers from around the world. The cholera epidemic began 10 months after the quake, with the bacterium […]

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