Global & Disaster Medicine

Haiti: The United Nations’ strategy to fight the cholera epidemic (the “New Approach” )has failed to gain traction. A trust fund created to help finance the strategy has only about $2 million and only 6 of the 193 member states — Britain, Chile, France, India, Liechtenstein and South Korea — have donated.

NY Times

“…..Cholera, a waterborne bacterial scourge that can cause acute diarrhea and fatal dehydration if not treated quickly, has killed nearly 10,000 people and sickened nearly 800,000 in Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country, since it was introduced there in 2010 by infected Nepalese members of a United Nations peacekeeping force. This year, as of late February, nearly 2,000 new cases had been reported, amounting to hundreds a week……”

 

 


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