Cholera outbreak in Haiti "predictable" using new data technology

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Patients with cholera are treated by a doctor at the hospital in L'Estere, Haiti, where hundreds of cases of the epidemic are seen per day. UN Photo/Sophia Paris

The Cholera outbreak in Haiti could have been predicted using new technology that harnesses decades of satellite data, according to a scientific prize winner, speaking at UN Headquarters.

Rita Colwell is an academic from the United States who has developed a model that can see outbreaks coming up to six months in advance.

She was one of the recipients of the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water, presented at UN Headquarters this week.

According to UN reports, more than 9,100 people have died from cholera in Haiti since 2010.

Priyanka Shankar asked Dr Colwell to explain how the model works.

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