Ban calls for a boost to the cholera response in Haiti

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A child reads a cholera prevention poster in Cite L’Eternel, Haiti. [UN Photo/UNICEF/Marco Dormino]

The United Nations is striving to do everything it can to eliminate cholera from Haiti. That assurance has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. But he said to support the Government, there's need to fill a severe funding gap, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday.

In a special appeal at the Second Annual Forbes 400 Summit, the Secretary-General said the long-term solution is to strengthen the health system and ensure clean drinking water and sanitation for all. He said we can and must save lives today with an oral cholera vaccine.

According to Secretary-General Ban, what Haiti needs is a partner ready to provide $1 million a year for the next three to five years to underwrite free vaccines for the poor and vulnerable people who need them most.

He said the United Nations will do its part to raise resources and strengthen the cholera response, but "we also need partners who can make a difference for the people of Haiti".

The Secretary-General noted that the engagement of the private sector and philanthropic community is growing in size, sophistication and global reach.

And he concluded: "We at the United Nations want to collaborate even more for even greater results".

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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