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Haiti Achieves Several MDGs Ahead Of Deadline; Cholera Rates Decline

U.N. News Centre: Feature: Haiti witnesses declining cholera rates, significant gains in development “Haiti, often cited as one of the least developed countries in the Western Hemisphere, has reached — or nearly reached — several of the Millennium Development Goals ahead of the 2015 deadline, according to a report launched…

U.N.’s Ban Calls For Intensified Efforts To Address Cholera Epidemic In Haiti

News outlets report on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s visit to Haiti, where he called for intensified water and sanitation efforts and an end to the cholera epidemic. Reuters: U.N. chief makes ‘pilgrimage’ to Haiti to address cholera crisis “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew to Haiti on Monday for what…

South Sudan Faces Cholera Outbreak, Refugee Crisis

News outlets report on the cholera outbreak and refugee crisis in South Sudan. Associated Press: Cholera threatens thousands in South Sudan: agency “An outbreak of cholera is putting thousands of lives at risk in parts of South Sudan, worsening the country’s humanitarian crisis amid ongoing violence, the aid group Save the…

New Data Provide Guidance To Help Health Workers Prevent, Treat Cholera

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Evidently it’s Cholera Season Jocalyn Clark, executive editor at icddr,b in Dhaka, Bangladesh, discusses a Cochrane Collaboration review on the use of antibiotics to treat cholera and a study funded by Médecins sans Frontières that examined the use of the Shanchol cholera vaccine in outbreaks (7/8).

WHO Intensifies Cholera Response In South Sudan

Xinhua News: Death toll from cholera outbreak hits 63 in S. Sudan: WHO “The World Health Organization (WHO) said it has intensified its response to the cholera outbreak in South Sudan after 63 people have lost their lives and 2,340 people [have been] treated for the disease…” (Mengjie, 6/30).

Oral Cholera Vaccine Effective In Africa, MSF Reports

New York Times: Oral Vaccine for Cholera Found Effective in Africa “A new, inexpensive, easy-to-use cholera vaccine that is stockpiled for emergencies worked very well during a cholera outbreak in Africa, Doctors Without Borders reported recently…” (McNeil, 6/23).

U.N. SG Ban Summoned To Appear In Court By Haitian Cholera Victims, Lawyers Say

News outlets report on the ongoing controversy over compensation for victims of the Haitian cholera outbreak, which was caused by U.N. peacekeepers. Agence France-Presse: Lawyers say U.N. chief served with Haiti lawsuit in NY “Lawyers for more than 1,500 victims of Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic said Friday they had served…

S. Sudan Health Officials Urge Residents To Take Measures To Combat Cholera

VOA News: In South Sudan, Some Act Against Cholera, Others Stick to Old Habits “Some residents of the South Sudanese capital are heeding the call of health officials and taking extra measures to fight cholera as the number of cases of the diarrheal disease continues to rise. But others are…

Haiti Making Postearthquake Progress, But Needs Remain To End Homelessness, Cholera

Wall Street Journal: News Flash: Haiti Is on the Upswing Sean Penn, actor, director, and founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organization “…The people of Haiti have come a long way [since the 2010 earthquake, but] there are two urgent problems that need to be addressed: postearthquake homelessness and cholera. ……

Indian Firm Develops Affordable Cholera Vaccine

Wall Street Journal: Indian Firm Develops Inexpensive Vaccine for Battle With Cholera “…New Delhi-based Hilleman Laboratories Pvt. — which is backed by Merck & Co. and the Wellcome Trust charity — said Tuesday that it has created an inexpensive [cholera] vaccine that can survive without refrigeration in the far-flung tropical…