UN / HAITI PEACEKEEPERS CHOLERA

10-Jan-2017 00:02:00
A United Nations spokesperson said all UN formed police units in Haiti who were not already vaccinated for cholera at the time of their arrival in the mission, have now been given the vaccine. UNIFEED / FILE
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STORY: UN / HAITI PEACEKEEPERS CHOLERA
TRT: 02:00
SOURCE: UNIFEED / MINUSTAH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 JANUARY 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

10 JANUARY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Stéphane Dujarric at the podium
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson, Secretary-General:
“All formed police units who were not already vaccinated at the time of their arrival in the mission, have now been given the vaccine. A second dose, for those who have not yet had it, is being administered or will be in the coming days. Cholera vaccination is mandatory for all peacekeepers deploying to peacekeeping operations and it is the responsibility of member states to ensure that their personnel receives all mandatory vaccinations prior to deployment. Should troops deploy to a mission area without the required vaccination, the supporting mission takes measures to provide them. All costs incurred are deducted from the reimbursement to the troop- and police contributing countries.”
5. Med shot, journalists

FILE – MINUSTAH - 13 OCTOBER 2015, PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI

6. Various shots, MINUSTAH peacekeepers marching

FILE – MINUSTAH – 8 NOVEMBER 2016, HOPITAL IMMACULEE CONCEPTION, LES CAYES, HAITI

7. Close up, cooler with cholera vaccines
8. Close up, hands holding box containing vaccine
9. Med shot, people waiting to be vaccinated
10. Close up, hands holding vaccine bottle

FILE – MINUSTAH - 25 JANUARY 2013, PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI

11. Med shot, row of cots inside tent
12. Med shot, mother feeding young girl a cup of water
13. Close-up, boy's hand hooked up to IV
14. Close up, little girl sitting on mother's lap
15. Close up, boy lying on cot
STORYLINE
A United Nations (UN) spokesperson today (10 Jan) said all UN formed police units in Haiti who were not already vaccinated for cholera at the time of their arrival in the mission, have now been given the vaccine.

Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York that “a second dose, for those who have not yet had it, is being administered or will be in the coming days.”

Dujarric pointed out that “Cholera vaccination is mandatory for all peacekeepers deploying to peacekeeping operations and it is the responsibility of member states to ensure that their personnel receives all mandatory vaccinations prior to deployment.”

Haiti has been dealing with a cholera outbreak since October 2010, some nine months after it suffered a devastating earthquake. The outbreak has affected an estimated 788,000 people and claimed the lives of more than 9,000. Concerted national and international efforts, backed by the United Nations, have resulted in a 90 per cent reduction in the number of suspected cases.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in December apologized to the people of Haiti, expressing deep regret for the loss of life and suffering caused by the country’s cholera epidemic, and outlined the way forward including immediate steps to stem the outbreak and long-term support for those affected – while also highlighting the need for adequate funding of the proposal.
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