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Hurricane Matthew Cost Haiti 32% of GDP, $2.7 Billion

A new report highlights the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, and the critical need for support to improve disaster risk management in the country. As a direct result of the hurricane, Haiti lost $2.7 billion dollars, a crippling 32% of its GDP. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction now urges support for a 3-year recovery plan that would total $2.72 billion. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. UN calls for support to recovery plan as Haiti loses $2.7 billion in Hurricane Matthew United Nations News Centre March 6, 2017 The United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction today called for urgent support to improve disaster risk management in Haiti, following a damage assessment that shows the country lost $2.7 billion, or 32 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), as a […]

Japan Joins Cholera Efforts with a $2.6 Million Grant

Japan has pledged a $2.6 million grant to the United Nations Children’s Fund to support its program to reduce cholera-related deaths in Haiti. The grant will be used to further spread awareness about hygiene and cholera prevention, conduct surveys, and improve case management and rapid response teams on the island. Although coordinated efforts have helped reduce suspected cholera cases by 90%, 41,000 suspected cases were reported in 2016. The epidemic in Haiti has affected an estimated 788,000 people and continues to be the largest in the western hemisphere. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haiti: New grant to help UNICEF strengthen efforts to tackle cholera UN News Centre February 22, 2017 A new grant from the Government of Japan will allow the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help reduce cholera-related morbidity and mortality in Haiti in 2017 and 2018, […]

UN Partners with Haitian Government and Relief Groups for Long-Term Disaster Plan

Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in October 2016 and Haitians are still struggling to rebuild. The United Nations, the Haitian government and some relief organizations just announced a $291 million plan to address this, including long-term solutions to reduce Haitians’ vulnerability to future disasters. The plan’s objectives also mention response to cholera and other waterborne diseases, and dealing with Haitians coming back from the Dominican Republic. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian Government, UN and partners launch two-year plan aimed at saving lives, building resilience UN News Centre February 7, 2017 The United Nations together with relief organizations in Haiti have launched a two-year, $291 million response plan with the Government to reach more than 2.4 million people across the island that was struck by a devastating hurricane last October. “With more than 98 per […]

UN explanation of new cholera approach pre-SG address

In anticipation of the UN Secretary General’s address on December 1, 2016, the UN News Centre published this article explaining what the Secretary General is expected to address in his speech. Specifically, Ban Ki-moon is expected to elaborate on and explain the UN’s new approach to cholera that was announced in August, and is scheduled to be launched on December 1st. Haiti: UN’s new approach on cholera puts people at heart of the response UN News Centre November 30, 2016   30 November 2016 – The response to cholera in Haiti will be a “long and thorough battle,” but the United Nations will stand by the Haitian people and authorities, Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said on the eve of the launch of the world body’s new approach to tackling the epidemic in the country. The new approach […]

UN Envoy Stresses Importance of Cholera Elimination Funds

The United Nations and the Haitian government continue to struggle to raise funds for water, sanitation, and other initiatives to end the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Pedro Medrano Rojas, the Senior UN Coordinator for the Cholera Response in Haiti, stresses the importance of a sustained response to the epidemic. Despite many re-launches and re-branding of cholera elimination initiatives, they simply aren’t catching donors’ attention. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. ‘Haiti cannot wait 40 years’ to eliminate cholera, warns UN envoy as response lags UN News Centre November 13, 2014 13 November 2014 – The top United Nations coordinator for cholera response in Haiti says support for initiatives to combat the disease has been “disappointing,” noting that while it may be possible to eliminate cholera in about a decade, at the current rate of funding, […]

UN Urges Continued Investigation of Duvalier Crimes

Many feared that with former dictator Duvalier’s death, victims of his regime would never find justice and closure. The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reminds us that Duvalier didn’t commit crimes alone. His accomplices can and should still be prosecuted and held accountable for their actions. Haiti: despite death of former President, UN urges continued probes into alleged abuses UN News Centre October 7, 2014 It is “essential” that legal proceedings and investigations against individuals associated with former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier continue despite the former leader’s recent passing, the United Nations human rights office urged today. Serious human rights violations, including torture, rape, and extrajudicial killings, dating to the period spanning 1971 to 1986 – the years when Mr. Duvalier, also known as “Baby Doc,” was in power – have been extensively documented by […]

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