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U.N. Allocates Additional $1.5M In Emergency Funds For Haiti’s Cholera Response

“The United Nations emergency relief fund will allocate an additional $1.5 million to the cholera response in Haiti, at a time when cases are set to rise due to the rainy season,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The latest allocation brings the total amount provided this year by the U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for emergency cholera response in Haiti to $4 million,” the news service notes. “According to OCHA, lack of funding has dramatically decreased capacity to respond to cholera in Haiti,” the news service writes, adding, “The number of humanitarian organizations engaged in the response has fallen to less than half of what it was in 2012, from 107 to 43, and there is a serious gap in coverage in the north where most new cases are being recorded.” Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti Sophie de Caen said, “The CERF contribution is greatly appreciated, but we cannot rely upon the CERF as a primary funding source. I urge donors to increase their support to these critical activities,” according to the U.N. News Centre (7/18).