Haiti launches National Plan to eliminate choleraListen /
Haiti has launched a National Plan to eliminate Cholera from the country in a ceremony attended by Nigel Fisher, the head of the United Nations mission there (MINUSTAH), among other partners from the international community.
This 10 year-long plan is the first major concerted program to eliminate the disease which caused much trauma in the country following the January 2010 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean state.
The proposed plan will consist of three periods of actions, from 2013 until 2022, aiming to reform the water, sanitation and health system in Haiti.
And the plan is expected to top a total of 2.2 billion dollars in investments.
Nigel Fisher, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Haiti: praised the determination of Haitian people to eliminate this plague, which already claimed the lives of about 8,000 people and has directly affected 650,000 others since October 2010.”
“It’s a big challenge. We have to raise literally billions of dollars. And this requires sustained support and commitment. That’s what we are here for. We, all of us partners, have a moral obligation to stay the course with Cholera. Not just to lower the incidence of Cholera, but to eliminate it from Haiti.”
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) already pledged more than 125 million dollars last December for its Cholera program in Haiti, out of which some 19 million dollars have already been received.
This is Donn Bobb reporting.