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Haiti decries lack of int'l funds to fight cholera

English.news.cn   2013-11-22 10:36:19            

SANTO DOMINGO, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Most donor countries have failed to deliver on their promise to help Haiti fight cholera, making it difficult to combat the disease, reports reaching here quoted Haitian Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume as saying on Thursday.

International agencies have only transferred 25 million U.S. dollars to the island nation to combat cholera, with 20 million dollars from the World Bank and the rest from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the minister said in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince.

Some 238 million dollars in promised aid were never delivered, Guillaume said, adding she was also waiting to find out how much aid would be earmarked for Haiti by a new UN program that will also help the Dominican Republic, which shares the Island of Hispaniola with its embattled neighbor. ( In October, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon agreed to set up a high-level committee to fight cholera in the Caribbean country, but the international organization has so far only appointed a special envoy and representatives for the task.

"The prime minister will appoint the representatives on Haiti's behalf in coming days. But at this stage we have not received resources from the United Nations," said Guillaume.

Since cholera first broke out in Haiti in October 2010, it has claimed 8,352 lives and infected more than 684,000 people, with a total of 380,855 people hospitalized between October 2010 and October 2013, according to Joseph Donald Francois, the Health Ministry's national coordinator in the cholera fight.

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Haitian government warns public of cholera risk

SANTO DOMINGO, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Haiti's government Monday called on the public to act against cholera infections especially in the capital Port-au-Prince where one fourth of all cholera cases have occurred, local media said.

"Even though we do not have new reports of deaths, cholera is always latent," said Brignol Boulin, head of the Health Ministry's Preventive Attention Department in West Department, where the capital is located. Full story

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