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UN Could Have Prevented Haiti Cholera for Under $2000

Researchers from Yale Schools of Law and Public Health have found that for a total of under $2,000, the United Nations could have prevented the cholera epidemic that has killed at least 9,000 people in Haiti. The simple prevention measures include antibiotics, vaccines, and a screening test. Now that cholera has been rampant for five and a half years, it will cost over $2 billion to eradicate. If matters can get any worse, the UN still hasn’t implemented these preventive measures when deploying troops from regions where cholera is endemic. This means that there’s a very real potential for UN peacekeepers to spark another deadly cholera epidemic somewhere else in the world. UN could have prevented Haiti cholera epidemic with $2,000 health kit – study Researchers find screening tests and antibiotics could have warded off illness, which has taken thousands of lives […]

Why hasn’t the UN implemented the most effective cholera prevention measure?

A paper recently published by Yale University researchers shows that for less than $1 per peacekeeper, the United Nations could have prevented the cholera epidemic that continues to ravage Haiti five years later. The UN actually received similar recommendations–like administering a prophylactic dose of antibiotics to peacekeepers from countries with cholera–in 2011 but has not followed most of them. The UN claims that fear of creating antibiotic-resistant strains of cholera is what keeps it from implementing this basic life-saving recommendation. Scientists say that this concern is unfounded. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. A $1 Pill That Could Save Thousands Of Lives: Research Suggests Cheap Way To Avoid U.N.-Caused Cholera Richard Knox, WBUR February 5, 2016 Here’s a way to get a big bang for a buck: If a few hundred United Nations peacekeeping troops had […]

Advocates Call on UN to Prevent Troops from Introducing Cholera to Host Countries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, media@ijdh.org; +1-617-652-0876 (Interviews available in English, French & Kreyòl).) Advocates Call on UN to Prevent Troops from Introducing Cholera to Host Countries  New Study Suggests Peacekeeping Host Countries Remain Vulnerable (BOSTON, January 29, 2015)—Human rights advocates welcome a new study by Yale University published this week in the renowned medical journal PLOS Medicine, which provides new evidence that the United Nations (UN) is not using the most effective measures available to prevent initiating another cholera disaster in peacekeeping host countries. The study examines the effectiveness of three pre-deployment interventions that could stop peacekeepers from bringing cholera to the vulnerable countries where they operate: vaccination, screening, and antibiotic prophylaxis.  It finds screening and use of prophylactic antibiotics to be the most effective interventions. Both of these […]

UN Could Have Easily Prevented Haiti Cholera Outbreak, Study Finds

A new study shows that for less than $1 per peacekeeper, the United Nations could have reduced the chance of introducing cholera into Haiti by over 90% by issuing antibiotics pre-deployment! Despite similar recommendations by the UN’s own panel of experts, the UN still doesn’t follow this procedure. It has been over five years since UN peacekeepers first brought cholera to Haiti and Haitians are still becoming sick with and dying from cholera. Below is a press release from the Yale researchers who conducted this new study. PRESS RELEASE Study: Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic Could Have Been Prevented Cholera remains a critical risk for U.N. peacekeeping operations, years after Nepalese troops inadvertently the disease to Haiti in fall of 2010 and triggered one of the worst epidemics in recent years. New research by scientists at Yale School of Public Health, in partnership […]

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