U.N.’s Ban Calls For Intensified Efforts To Address Cholera Epidemic In Haiti

News outlets report on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s visit to Haiti, where he called for intensified water and sanitation efforts and an end to the cholera epidemic.

Reuters: U.N. chief makes ‘pilgrimage’ to Haiti to address cholera crisis
“United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew to Haiti on Monday for what he called a ‘necessary pilgrimage’ to promote efforts to alleviate a cholera epidemic that has killed thousands and has been linked to the U.N.’s own peacekeepers. Ban is seeking support for a $2.2 billion, 10-year cholera-elimination campaign that he launched in December 2012 with the presidents of Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic…” (Baron, 7/14).

U.N. News Centre: In Haiti, Ban calls for greater efforts to improve water and sanitation, end cholera epidemic
“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [Monday] called for intensified efforts to ensure access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation in Haiti, as he launched a new United Nations-supported initiative and met with families affected by cholera…” (7/14).

New York Times: Haiti: A U.N. Cholera ‘Pilgrimage’
“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations visited Haiti on Monday and sought to assure Haitians that he was committed to ending a cholera epidemic ‘as quickly as possible,’ but he did not acknowledge his organization’s possible complicity in causing it, the subject of at least two lawsuits filed in the United States…” (Gladstone, 7/14).

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