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Cholera Cases Confirmed In Northern Mozambique After Heavy Rains, Flooding

“In the last 10 days, 22 cases of the waterborne disease cholera have been confirmed by laboratory testing in three areas in and around the northern Mozambique town of Pemba, in Cabo Delgado Province,” IRIN reports. “Leonard Heyerdahl, project manager of Africhol — an initiative of Paris-based NGO Agence de Médecine Préventive…

Haiti Launches $2.2B, 10-Year Plan To Eradicate Cholera

“The Haitian government’s $2.2 billion, 10-year plan to eradicate cholera was launched on Wednesday against the backdrop of the U.N.’s rejection of a legal claim from more than 5,000 victims” that sought compensation for the cholera epidemic, which “has killed more than 8,000 people and infected nearly 648,000” and is thought to…

U.N.’s Assertion Of Immunity In Cholera Outbreak Is Morally, Legally ‘Right’ Decision

“When U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invoked diplomatic immunity last week for peacekeepers who unwittingly caused the cholera outbreak that killed nearly 8,000 Haitians, his decision looked cold-hearted,” but “sympathy for Haitians should not mask the necessity of the secretary-general’s decision,” Boston Globe correspondent Juliette Kayyem writes in an opinion piece in the newspaper. “It…

U.N.’s Legal Immunity, Refusal To Compensate Haitians For Cholera Claims ‘Cheapens Its Larger Mission’

Noting the U.N. last week “announced that Haitian claims for compensation weren’t receivable under article 29 of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations,” Armin Rosen, a writer and producer for The Atlantic’s international channel, writes in an opinion piece in the magazine, “If a multinational corporation behaved the…

Families Of Haitian Cholera Victims React To U.N. Decision To Deny Compensation For Deaths

“The United Nations has come under heavy political fire for its decision to deny compensation for thousands of victims of cholera in Haiti — a deadly disease spread by U.N. peacekeepers in the troubled Caribbean nation,” Inter Press Service reports (Deen, 2/22). “More than 8,000 Haitians have died from the epidemic and 500,000 people,…

U.N. Must Do More To Fight Cholera In Haiti

Noting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week cited diplomatic immunity in “reject[ing] a legal claim for compensation filed in 2011 on behalf of cholera victims in Haiti,” Louise Ivers, a senior health and policy adviser at Partners In Health, writes in a New York Times opinion piece, “Regardless of the merits of this argument, the…

Haiti Fighting Cholera By Recycling Human Waste Into Fertilizer

The Guardian describes a program being run by Soil (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) in Haiti, in which human waste is being collected and recycled “into fertile soil, simultaneously helping to fight cholera and deforestation, and revive food production.” The newspaper notes, “Haiti is trying to fight what has exploded into the worst…

Blog Reports On Case Of ‘U.N. Cholera Denial’ In Zimbabwe

“There is understandable outrage over the United Nation’s reaction to its role in first creating and then denying responsibility for Haiti’s cholera outbreak in 2010 that killed 8,000 people,” Todd Moss, vice president for programs and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in the center’s “Global Health Policy”…