U.N. ‘Has Moral Obligation’ To Fund, Implement Plan To Eliminate Cholera In Haiti
Washington Post: Cholera’s fresh attack in Haiti
“…[A] recent spike [in Haiti’s cholera epidemic] — to about 1,000 new cases per week — is a grim reminder of how much is left to do to eradicate an illness that was virtually unknown in Haiti until U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal introduced it in 2010. … A plan to eliminate cholera in Haiti by 2022, devised in coordination with the Port-au-Prince government, was pegged to cost $2.2 billion. But of the $1.7 billion sought to execute the first five years of the plan, from 2013 to 2018, only 17 percent — about $286 million — has been raised and spent so far. … [The U.N. has] a moral obligation to do more, including pressing donors to fund the plan to eradicate the disease. There is no mystery about how cholera is transmitted or about the means to eradicate it. Only money is lacking” (6/4).