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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

UN Secretary General Candidates Divided on Cholera Justice

Below is an excerpt from the most recent UN Secretary General candidates’ debate, in which the candidates are asked how they would respond to the cholera epidemic in Haiti as Secretary General. While some of the candidates appeared conflicted, two stood out–one for and one against justice for the cholera victims. Click HERE for the recording. (Starts around 2:04:37.) The UN Debate Al Jazeera July 12, 2016 James Bays: I’d like to ask you now a specific question about a country that is one of the poorest of the world, and certainly one of the poorest in the Americas. It’s a question about Haiti because the UN’s involvement in Haiti is one that some have found very controversial. Clearly, there has been this outbreak of cholera, now the official figures say 9200 people have died from cholera and many think […]

UN Spokesperson Comments on Cholera in Haiti

Below is a partial transcript of the UN’s daily press briefing, in which a journalist from Al Jazeera English poses questions to UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq. Haq was questioned about Haiti’s current importance to the United Nations. In particular, he was asked about the intended $2.2 billion fund set up for Haiti cholera that is now less than 20% funded. He was also questioned about the UN Senior Coordinator in charge of the cholera response leaving his position. — Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations May 25, 2016 Question:  Farhan, if I can ask you for an update on what has become a bit of a forgotten crisis, if we go back over three years ago, the Secretary‑General announced that… with the Haitian Government they were going to set up a fund, […]

Barriers to Haiti’s Cholera Elimination Plan

One reason the cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN troops proliferated so rapidly is that Haiti has poor water and sanitation infrastructure. There is a national plan in place to rectify this but so far, it has not been very successful. This paper analyzes the barriers to that plan’s success, particularly in the most impoverished areas of Haiti. The abstract is below. Click HERE for the full paper. Haiti’s progress in achieving its 10-year plan to eliminate cholera: hidden sickness cannot be cured Vicki Koski-Karrell, Paul Farmer, Louise Ivers, Paul Namphy and others, Dove Press May 24, 2016 Since the beginning of the cholera epidemic in Haiti 5 years ago, the prevalence of this deadly water-borne disease has fallen far below the initial rates registered during its explosive outset. However, cholera continues to cause extensive suffering and needless deaths across […]

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