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UN Secretary-General Finally Apologizes to Haiti for Cholera

Since United Nations peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti in 2010, the UN has neither acknowledged its culpability nor apologized. On Thursday, December 1 though, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the Haitian people in a briefing that was also broadcast live. After that, Ban outlined the new $400 million plan to eradicate cholera from Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. At Last! UN General Secretary apologies to Haiti for Cholera epidemic CaribbeanNationalWeekly.com December 2, 2016 Since a cholera epidemic broke out in Haiti shortly after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haitians have pointed their fingers at United Nation peacekeepers originating from Nepal as the source of the epidemic. Persistently, Haitian officials have called on the UN to acknowledge that the peacekeepers were the source of the disease, apologize for this unfortunate situation, and make financial […]

CARICOM Responds to UN Secretary-General’s Cholera Apology

On December 1, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly met for a session in which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained the UN’s new plan to eliminate cholera in Haiti and possibly compensate the victims. During his remarks, Ban also apologized to Haitians for the first time in six years, and admitted that the UN should have done more. Below is the statement from Trinidad and Tobago’s representative, on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). December 1, 2016 Remarks by Trinidad and Tobago on behalf of CARICOM at the Informal Briefing of the General Assembly by the Secretary-General on the United Nations’ New Approach to Cholera in Haiti Mr. President, I take the floor on behalf of the fourteen Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  CARICOM wishes to thank the Secretary-General for his briefing to the membership on the “New Approach […]

Haiti launches massive cholera vaccination campaign

Haiti recently launched its largest emergency cholera vaccination campaign to try to vaccinate 800,000 people in regions of Haiti particularly devastated by last month’s Hurricane Matthew. Haiti’s World Health Organization representative has stated that immunization alone will not rid Haiti of cholera, as the disease took off due to incredibly poor sanitation infrastructure. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti Launches Largest-Ever Cholera Vaccination Campaign Jason Beaubien, NPR November 8, 2016 Haiti on Tuesday launched the largest emergency cholera vaccination campaign ever attempted. The plan is to try to vaccinate 800,000 people in parts of the country devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Immediately after the Category 4 storm tore across southwest Haiti last month, the number of reported cholera cases across the country shot up dramatically. In some storm-ravaged areas it jumped tenfold. Nationwide, the number […]

UN Plans to “Provide Material Assistance” as Part of New Cholera Plan

Though United Nations special adviser David Nabarro continues to dodge questions of UN responsibility for cholera, he revealed that the new UN plan against cholera will include money for “material assistance” to cholera victims’ families. Though the exact amount wasn’t specified, about $100 million is expected to go to communities affected by cholera in Haiti. The other $100 million the UN is trying to raise will go to rapid response teams, cholera vaccines, and investing in water and sanitation infrastructure. UN wants $200 million to compensate Haiti cholera victims Michael Astor, AP/The Washington Post October 24, 2016 UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations says it is looking to raise $200 million from member states to compensate the families of people who have died from cholera in Haiti. David Nabarro, a special adviser to the secretary-general, said Monday that the money […]

UN Takes Important Step Towards Cholera Justice

This article on the UN’s admission of involvement in Haiti’s cholera epidemic highlights IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon and how our work helped make this happen. For almost six years, the United Nations dodged accountability and denied any responsibility for the epidemic that it caused. Now that an Appeals Court has upheld UN immunity, will the UN take the chance to take real action against cholera? What happens next will determine whether or not IJDH has to appeal to the Supreme Court. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Boston activists win important round in battle with United Nations Adrian Walker, Boston Globe August 26, 2016 For years Brian Concannon has battled the United Nations from his office in Andrew Square, yet the significant victory he recently won caught him by surprise. The UN has finally […]

Plan Proposed for Eradicating Cholera from Haiti

Ever since the United Nations began a cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010, it has been covering that fact up. Now that the UN has finally admitted its involvement, there are steps it can take to stamp out the disease during Haiti’s dry season, before the wet season exacerbates the problem and cholera can claim more lives. These steps have been drafted by one of the epidemiologists who took the lead on uncovering the source of the epidemic. Will the UN heed the advice? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. What the UN must do to wipe out cholera in Haiti Ralph R. Frerichs, Boston Globe August 22, 2016 IT IS NOT enough that the United Nations is finally beginning to acknowledge its involvement in the lethal cholera epidemic in Haiti. Now it must urgently do […]

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