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Cholera Outbreak In Haiti Could Happen Again

CNN: Why Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic ‘could strike again’ “… Even before the [January 2010 seven-point magnitude earthquake], Haiti’s water systems were fragile, and just months after the quake the country was hit with a devastating cholera outbreak — the first in nearly a century. By the time the outbreak…

Action, Funding Needed To Alleviate Cholera In Haiti

New York Times: Haiti in the Shadow of Cholera “…The United Nations is in an awkward spot in this crisis. It has been blamed for bringing cholera to Haiti in the first place, through its negligent soldiers who contaminated a river with their sewage. Because it has steadfastly refused to…

Venezuela Making Progress Toward Eliminating Onchocerciasis

“Less than a year after Colombia eliminated onchocerciasis from its borders, its neighboring country, Venezuela, is making similar strides in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). … The People’s Ministry of Health of Venezuela (MPPS) and the PAHO country office will now begin the three-year surveillance stage. If no…

Cuban Health Officials Raise Alarm Over Country’s Condom Shortage

The Guardian: Cuba’s condom shortage raises fears of imminent health crisis “From potatoes to deodorant, toilet paper and bottled beer, Cubans have come to accept chronic shortages as an inevitable part of life after more than half a century of communist rule. Now a shrinking supply of condoms has upset…

New York Times Examines U.N.’s Attempts To Stem Cholera Epidemic In Haiti

New York Times: U.N. Struggles to Stem Haiti Cholera Epidemic “For three years, the United Nations has refused to address whether its peacekeepers brought a deadly strain of cholera to Haiti, insisting instead that it was more important to help the country stanch the disease once and for all. But…

Activists Challenge El Salvador’s Anti-Abortion Laws

The Guardian: El Salvador: meet the women who dare to challenge the anti-abortion state “El Salvador has one of the world’s strictest abortion laws, with abortion a crime even when a woman’s life is at risk. Human rights activists say this has created a system of persecution in the country’s…

U.N. Must Be Held Accountable For Cholera In Haiti

Wall Street Journal: The U.N., Cholera and Responsibility Stanley Alpert, an attorney representing Haitian plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the U.N. “Imagine if the United Nations killed thousands on the streets of New York. Or London. Or Paris. And sickened nearly a million more. Would the U.N. claim it was…

The Atlantic Examines Factors Surrounding High C-Section Rate In Brazil

The Atlantic: Why Most Brazilian Women Get C-Sections “…Brazil has a free, public health care system, but many of its wealthier residents — about a quarter of the population — use a private insurance scheme that functions much like the U.S. medical system. … The economics of private insurance certainly…

Chilean President Bachelet Vows To Revise Nation’s Abortion Ban

GlobalPost: Is Chile about to end Pinochet’s total ban on abortion? “…Chile is one of just six nations in the world, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, which have blanket bans on abortion, permitting them in no circumstances, even if the mother is at the point…