Deaths from Cholera in Haiti Pass 1000

16 November 2010

Since the outbreak was confirmed on October 22, more than 11,000 cases have been cited and more than 900 people have died from the disease, which is spread through contaminated food and water.

The situation has given rise to civil unrest amid accusations that the Cholera was brought to Haiti by UN peacekeeping forces. Protesters have challenegs UN troops resulting in the death of one Haitian protestor.

While Haiti is closer to USA than Europe, the EU could make a significant political and humanitarian point by providing a major contribution to the United Nations appeal for $164 million over the next six months.

MSF is one of 70 NGOs working in Haiti, it has set up 20 medical centres and treated some 16,500 people since the start of the emergency. The head of MSFs mission to Haiti has criticised the response to the emergency noting that there are more aid resources there than anywhere else on the planet but still not enough has been done to prevent cholera which can be readily prevented by simple measures as set out in his statement.






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