Since I published that post, I have been told by a number of sources that Hillary Clinton and the Foundation are despised by people in Haiti. I do not know if that assertion is true (I hope not). The Clinton Foundation is in Haiti and command massive resources. If their efforts will be compromised or hampered by people's distrust -- assuming they are willing to put a stop to the cholera epidemic -- then I suggest an alternate strategy for followers of the HumanLifeMatters blog.
Send another urgent and immediate tweet to the United Nations Secretary General-designate Antonio Guterres (@AntGuterres or @AGuterres_UNSG) and outgoing Secretary General Ban Kin-Moon @secgen. Insist the United Nations immediately commit significantly more resources to stop the cholera crisis in Haiti. It is a crisis they apparently started inadvertently after the 2010 earthquake.
The Guardian newspapered interviewed to Beatrice Lindstrom, staff attorney at the Institute for Justice and Democracy (IJDH). They reported that the IJDH "has led a campaign to hold the UN accountable for its role in the cholera outbreak that hit nine months after the January 2010 earthquake. The disease was previously unknown in Haiti, and overwhelming evidence suggests that it was introduced to the country by UN peacekeepers from Nepal."
In a New York Times article, reporter Azam Ahmed wrote:
"... The torment has only started. Cholera, the disease at the heart of Haiti’s last disaster, is being spread again by this one. About 10,000 people have died and hundreds of thousands have been sickened since cholera first appeared in late 2010. Scientists say it was brought to Haiti by United Nations peacekeepers stationed at a base that leaked waste into a river. After years of deflecting blame, the United Nations this summer acknowledged “its own involvement” in the suffering Haiti has experienced from the disease."
We are not talking about scientific sophistication such as we saw with the Ebola outbreak in Africa. The battle with cholera involves providing clean water, basic sanitation and antibiotics where required. Pretty basic. Yesterday, I spoke to a physician who confirmed that it is quite simple. The first thing is to clear away contaminated water and replace with clean. What then?
Well, the World Health Organization (WHO) website says this:
Provision of safe water, proper sanitation, and food safety are critical for preventing occurrences of cholera.
Health education aims at communities adopting prevention behavior for averting."
A World Health Organization global task force on cholera control posted this information:
- proper and timely case management in cholera treatment centres;
- specific training for proper case management, including avoidance of nosocomial infections; [infections acquired in hospitals.]
- sufficient pre-positioned medical supplies for case management (e.g. diarrhoeal disease kits);
- improved access to water, effective sanitation, proper waste management and vector control;
- enhanced hygiene and food safety practices; improved communication and public information."
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