OCHA: Haiti school children at risk of contracting cholera.

Nearly 2.2 million children are at risk of contracting cholera in Haiti due to lack of clean water and sanitation in schools, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA. In its weekly update on the cholera outbreak in Haiti, OCHA says prevention activities including the training of teachers and distribution of hand washing materials were not adequate to stop the disease from spreading through schools. Ben Malor reports

Haiti: Young girl with cholera

Haiti: Young girl with cholera

Nearly 3,700 people have died in Haiti as a result of the cholera epidemic which broke out in October and compounded efforts to deal with the earthquake which devastated the country one year ago.OCHA , says cases of cholera continue to be reported in child care centres and orphanages despite the investment made in training and awareness programmes.

The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA says that cholera prevention efforts in schools have been held back due to a lack of adequate funding.

A UN appeal for $174 million dollars to help contain the outbreak has yielded just over $44 million dollars.

As schools reopen for a new term, OCHA says efforts are underway to reach at least 10,000 schools with cholera prevention materials.

Ben Malor, United Nations Radio
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