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USAID Blog Examines Efforts To Control, Eliminate Cholera In Hispaniola

Writing in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Natalia Machuca, infectious disease adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean, examines efforts to control and eliminate cholera in Hispaniola, noting USAID on Friday “became an official member of the Coalition on Water and Sanitation for the Elimination of Cholera in Hispaniola.” She writes, “To add…

Rainy Season In Haiti Brings Warnings Of Possible Cholera Resurgence

As the rainy season threatens to begin in Haiti, health care professionals and relief workers are warning of “the risk of a renewed cholera epidemic that first struck in October 2011,” Fox News reports. “[E]very rainy season, the number of cases spikes, as polluted water levels rise in a country…

UNHCR Working To Contain Cholera Outbreak Among Malian Refugees In Niger

“The United Nations refugee agency [UNHCR] said that they are working to contain a cholera outbreak in Niger in a refugee camp for people fleeing the conflict in Mali,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. “On May 11, the government of Niger declared a cholera epidemic,” the news agency writes, noting,…

Cholera Epidemic In Haiti Expected To Worsen With Onset Of Rainy Season, Lack of Funds

“Nearly 2.5 years after it began, Haiti’s cholera epidemic is getting worse, not better, and efforts to treat the sick are desperately short of funds, say aid groups on the ground,” The Lancet reports. “Since the first reported cases in October 2010, cholera has killed 8,000 people and sickened some 649,000…

U.N. Must Uphold ‘Moral Obligations’ In Haitian Cholera Epidemic

Noting the “aid group Doctors Without Borders said [on March 12] that the cholera crisis in Haiti was getting worse, for the most unnecessary and appalling of reasons: a lack of money and basic medical supplies,” a New York Times editorial states, “The dreadful backdrop to this emergency is an abdication…

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…

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