Short-, Long-Term Responses To Haitian Cholera Outbreak Still Needed

Huffington Post: Don’t Forget Cholera
Pedro Medrano Rojas, U.N. assistant secretary general and senior coordinator for cholera response in Haiti

“…Cholera remains a crisis in Haiti and the recent attention to the Ebola outbreak should be a reminder that we cannot drop our guard. … [B]oth feed on weak public health systems, and require a sustained response to combat. And, as Ebola has reminded us, in today’s globalized world, neither epidemic respects borders. … In the longer term, we must for once invest in [Haiti’s] public health systems, in particular water and sanitation, and the U.N. is working to support the Government of Haiti. But this will take years, and the humanitarian response is needed to respond to and control outbreaks today. Both cholera and Ebola have had limited reach when confronting strong public health infrastructure. Lacking these, Haiti and the Ebola-affected countries must respond to outbreaks while keeping site of the future…” (11/19).

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