Haiti aims to improve access to safe water, sanitation

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his wife visits Los Palmas, Haiti. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Cholera rates in Haiti are declining but weak water and sanitation problems are slowing down progress and allowing the epidemic and other waterborne diseases to persist, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Mr Ban Ki-moon arrived in Caribbean island on Monday to raise support for initiative which aims to eliminate cholera in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

The cholera outbreak which has affected Haiti since October 2010 is still considered the largest in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 700,000 cases and over 8,500 deaths.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

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