Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

The fight against cholera: “In deep shit?”

Ayiti Kale Je July 24, 2013 Port-au-Prince – Lack of financing for a ten-year cholera eradication plan means that the disease will likely be endemic to Haiti for years to come. Cholera bacteria are spread by contaminated food, water and fecal matter. One of the essential parts of the US$2.2 billion National Plan for the Elimination of Cholera in Haiti is the financing for sanitation systems nationwide. The majority of Haitians – about eight million people – do not have access to a hygienic sanitation system. They defecate in the open, in fields, in ravines and on riverbanks. The capital region produces over 900 tons of human excreta every day, according to the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). “Haiti is the only country in the entire world whose sanitation coverage decreased in the last decade,” said Dr. Rishi Rattan, a member […]

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