New UN approach to cholera in Haiti highly anticipated by victims

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As part of joint efforts between the United Nations and the Government of Haiti to fight cholera, water filter systems are being distributed in Cité Soleil, Port au Prince. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

The new UN approach to cholera in Haiti has been highly anticipated by the victims and their families, the Counsellor to the Permanent Mission of Haiti to the UN has said.

A resolution on the new UN strategy to battle the disease was adopted without a vote on Friday.

Haiti has been dealing with a cholera outbreak since October 2010, some nine months after it suffered a major and deadly earthquake.

Andita Listyarini has the story.

The UN's new two-track approach to cholera is aimed at helping the Haitian government respond to the epidemic.

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. 

Here's Haiti's Counsellor to the UN, Willy Louis, speaking through an interpreter.

"During the statement delivered during the 1 December 2016, His Excellency Deny Regis, the Permanent Representative to the United Nations stated and I quote : The Haitian Government is all the more aware of this approach given that it was called for, anticipated for a lengthy period of time by all stakeholders above all by the victims of cholera and their loved ones."

An estimated US $400 million will be needed for the two tracks over the next two years.

The outbreak has affected an estimated 788,000 people and claimed the lives of more than 9,000.

Andita Listyarini, United Nations.

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