Water and sanitation in Haiti are top priorities of World Bank donor conference

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Residents collect water in Haiti. UN Photo/UNICEF/Marco Dormino

Hundreds of millions of dollars are needed to help accelerate the access in Haiti to clean water, sanitation and health services over the next 3 years, according to the World Bank.

A high-level donor conference is taking place on Thursday in Washington D.C., to mobilize the funds.

The World Bank says about 38 per cent of Haitians lack access to drinking water, while more than 30 people are infected with cholera every day.

Mary Barton-Dock is the World Bank Special Envoy to Haiti.

“Several calculations have been made and in the paper that we are presenting at the conference, we have looked at the 16 communes which are the most critical in terms of cholera outbreak and we have estimated that in order to fill the gap in infrastructure and health systems in those communes, you would need to invest about 310 million in the next 3 years.”

Ms Barton-Dock added that the international community needs to address water and sanitation to prevent thousands more people from dying.

The cholera epidemic broke out in 2010 and has cost over 8,500 lives and infected over 800,000 people.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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