USAID Announces Additional $12M In Haiti Hurricane Recovery Assistance; Aid Agencies Work To Prevent Cholera Resurgence

The Guardian: Haiti faces fresh cholera outbreak after Hurricane Matthew, aid agencies fear
“…Less than two weeks after the earthquake, at least 200 suspected new cases of cholera have been detected in the country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which is sending one million cholera vaccines to Haiti at the end of this week. Aid agencies fear that without a major effort by the international community, survivors of the storm will face a fresh outbreak of the disease…” (Holpuch, 10/14).

Los Angeles Times: ‘Getting it right is absolutely fundamental,’ U.S. official says of aid to Haiti
“With more than 1,000 deaths in hurricane-ravaged Haiti and the growing threat of a cholera epidemic, the United States Agency for International Development announced Thursday that it was sending an additional $12 million in assistance. We talked with David Harden, an assistant administrator with the agency, about the scope of damage in Haiti, the distrust around aid work there, and the long road ahead…” (Linthicum, 10/13).

U.N. News Centre: Haiti: U.N. health teams to respond to cholera outbreaks, prevent possible epidemic
“…According to a news release issued [Thursday] by the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO), WHO and Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) disaster, health, and logistic experts have been deployed to support the government’s efforts against cholera outbreaks from the agencies’ offices in Washington, D.C., Haiti, and a number of other locations. ‘We are seriously concerned about an epidemic of cholera, and that’s why the Ministry of Health, with our assistance, is taking all measures possible to avoid that happening,’ said Jean Luc Poncelet, PAHO/WHO representative in Haiti…” (10/13).