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Focus Water, Sanitation Investments On Cholera Risk Zones, Aid Groups Say

“Aid groups are urging donors to invest in water and sanitation in areas known as hotbeds for cholera,” saying “while such projects might directly affect a relatively small population, the indirect impact in terms of cholera reduction could be immense,” IRIN reports. “The call comes as [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)], donors,…

Deriving Lessons From Cholera Epidemic In Haiti And Looking Forward To Future Actions

Noting U.N. peacekeepers played a role in bringing cholera to Haiti, Victoria Fan, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in the group’s “Global Health Policy” blog, “Blame aside, there are undoubtedly lessons to be learned by looking back at how this epidemic came to pass…

Cuban Authorities Work To Contain Cholera Outbreak In Capital City

“Cuban authorities are scrambling to contain a cholera outbreak that has sickened dozens of people in Havana, the capital city of 2.2 million residents and a popular tourism destination,” Reuters reports (Frank, 1/15). The country’s “second cholera outbreak in four months — after 130 years without the disease — has sickened more…

Addressing Cholera With An ‘Integrated Approach’ In 2013

“There has been so much news related to cholera and cholera research since the start of 2013 I can only hope it means this year will be a banner year for prevention efforts,” Helen Matzger, a program officer in new vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in…

Accountability Lacking For Cholera Outbreak In Haiti

In a Foreign Policy opinion piece, former Associated Press reporter Jonathan Katz recounts his experience in Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake and during the October 2010 outbreak of cholera. In the piece, adapted from a book he authored, Katz describes his investigation into how and where cholera was introduced to…

Vaccinating 46% Of Haiti’s Population Could Control Cholera Epidemic, Study Concludes

“Vaccinating fewer than half of Haiti’s population of 10 million should brake a cholera epidemic that has claimed nearly 8,000 lives and made more than 635,000 people ill, scientists said Thursday,” Agence France-Presse reports. “Using a mathematical model, scientists in the United States determined that vaccination coverage of 46 percent of the…

More Than 6% Of Haitians Have Had Cholera Since Outbreak Began, New Data Show

“The death toll in Haiti’s cholera epidemic is approaching 8,000, and more than six percent of Haitians have had the disease since it invaded the country in October 2010, according to reports released this week,” CIDRAP reports. “In a January 7 cholera update [.pdf], the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said fatalities in Haiti…

True Solution To Cholera Is Improving Access To Safe Water, Sanitation

“[E]ven when it is not covered in the news or noticed by the public, cholera occurs regularly in the developing world, and the annual number of cases reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) has increased over the past few years to more than half a million cases and 7,816…

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