New US$400 million approach to address cholera in Haiti

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A vehicle carrying cholera kits sent by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) arrives in in Les Cayes, Haiti. Photo: PAHO

Solidarity, speed and solutions are key for the UN as it works to address cholera in Haiti and prevent any further spread of the water-borne disease in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

That's according to Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson who on Friday outlined the organization's new US$400 million strategy to battle cholera, which has killed more than 9,000 people since an outbreak in 2010.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Deputy Secretary-General told ambassadors that response to the hurricane must be quick in order to avert a public health crisis, primarily due to further spread of cholera. 

He said this also makes the UN's new two-track approach to the disease all the more urgent. 

The strategy calls for intensification of efforts to treat and eliminate cholera and to improve longer-term access to clean water and sanitation. 

The second track focusses on assistance to Haitians most affected after the 2010 outbreak. 

"The key words for how we must support Haitians now and in the future, in my view, are three words: Solidarity, Speed and Solutions. We anticipate that total funding for the two tracks will be US$400 million, about US$200 million for each of the packages, over the next two years." 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be in Haiti this Saturday where he will deliver a message of solidarity to the country's people. 

His itinerary includes a visit a hospital in Les Cayes, one of the areas hit hard by the storm. 

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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