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U.N. Seeks $400M For 2-Part Cholera Response Plan In Haiti, Including $200M To Compensate Affected Families

Associated Press: U.N. wants $200 million to compensate Haiti cholera victims
“The United Nations says it is looking to raise $200 million from member states to compensate the families of people who have died from cholera in Haiti. David Nabarro, a special adviser to the secretary general, said Monday that the money to ‘provide material assistance’ was part of a new U.N. approach to dealing with the disease that is believed to have been introduced to Haiti by U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal. He denied, however, that the proposed assistance amounted to acknowledgement of responsibility on the part of the U.N. for the disease which has sickened nearly 800,000 Haitians and killed some 9,300…” (10/24).

Deutsche Welle: U.N. complains of lack of response over Haiti cholera outbreak
“The United Nations requested $400 million (368 million euros) from its 193 member states on Monday to respond to the cholera outbreak in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. … The U.N. has proposed a two-part plan to tackle [cholera]. The first part, requiring an estimated $200 million, would bring rapid response teams to areas of new cholera outbreaks in Haiti. It would also fund cholera vaccines and provide investment in clean water and sanitation systems. … The second part of the plan involves direct compensation to families who were affected by cholera since the disease spread in Haiti in 2010…” (10/25).

New York Times: U.N. Plans to Pay Victims of Cholera Outbreak It Caused in Haiti
“…But the United Nations does not have the money it needs for the [$400 million] proposed package, and is facing criticism that it is still avoiding legal culpability for one of the worst calamities to ever befall Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country…” (Sengupta/Katz, 10/24).

Reuters: U.N. wants $200 million to pay Haiti’s cholera victims, communities
“…Nabarro said raising the funds through donations would be ‘highly unlikely’ and U.N. officials would discuss with member states whether the world body could add the cost to its budget, paid by 193 U.N. member states through assessed contributions. So far, he said it had ‘proved to be very hard indeed to get any traction’ from member states on providing donations…” (Nichols, 10/24).

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