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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…

Lancet Commentary Cautiously Optimistic About Public Health System In Haiti

In this Lancet commentary, John Vertefeuille, Scott Dowell, Jean Domercant and Jordan Tappero of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examine the state of the public health system in Haiti three years after a 7.0 earthquake struck the country, writing, “Haiti is starting to show that its health services…

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…

Youth Advocates Working To Improve Reproductive Health Education, Services Access In Latin America

In GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog, Mia Mazer, a media and communications intern with the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, writes about the formation of the Mesoamerican Coalition for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, a regional advocacy initiative of more than 40 different organizations that aims to hold governments accountable to a 2008 Ministerial Declaration, titled “Preventing through Education.” As a tool for HIV prevention, the declaration was meant to improve young people’s access to reproductive health services and education, she writes, adding, “But four years later, the ministries have failed to uphold their promise.”

New Issue Of GHD-NET’s Health & Foreign Policy Bulletin Available Online

The November 2012 issue (.pdf) of the Global Health Diplomacy Network’s (GHD-NET) Health & Foreign Policy Bulletin is now available online. Among other topics, the issue examines antiretroviral drug adherence among conflict-affected and displaced populations, discusses non-communicable disease control and prevention in Latin America and the Caribbean, and highlights UNAIDS’ World AIDS Day report: Results (November 2012).