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On World Health Day, demand action for victims of cholera in Haiti

On World Health Day, demand action for victims of cholera in Haiti

April 7 is World Health Day. Over the week, we've been sharing stories about cholera in Haiti, and calling on the UN and UN member states to honor their commitment to provide $400 million for cholera control and prevention. Please join us. 

  MCC photo/Paul Shetler Fast

MCC photo/Paul Shetler Fast

Cholera in Haiti
Cholera, which had not previously existed in Haiti, was introduced to the country by UN peacekeepers after the earthquake in 2010.

From MCC Haiti: A forgotten epidemic
From IJDH: VIDEO: Baseball in the time of cholera
From the New York Times: Cholera deaths in Haiti could far exceed official count
 

 

  MCC Photo/Doug Hostetter

MCC Photo/Doug Hostetter

The UN and Cholera in Haiti
The UN acknowledged their role in causing Haiti's deadly cholera epidemic in 2016. The UN has committed to providing $400 million for cholera control and prevention in Haiti, but as of now, member states have contributed less than 5% of the promised funds.

From MCC Washington Office: Let justice roll down like (clean) waters
From MCC Haiti and the Huffington Post: How the UN is failing Haitian cholera victims
From the New York Times: UN apologizes for role in Haiti's 2010 cholera outbreak
From MCC Haiti: The UN's crucial cholera admission
From MCC: Haitian cholera victims tell the UN to "Face Justice"

  MCC photo/Silas Crewes

MCC photo/Silas Crewes

Natural Disasters and Cholera
Cholera is a waterborne disease, and cases spike when infected material is washed into water sources after natural disasters like hurricanes and tropical storms. 

From MCC UN: MCC calls on the UN to eliminate cholera in Haiti
From MCC Haiti: Hurricane Matthew and cholera: a race against time
From MCC Haiti: Fighting cholera and supporting farmers
From Partners in Health: A mission to stop cholera in Haiti
 

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Responding to Cholera in Haiti
MCC is responding to cholera in Haiti by supporting communities in building life-saving latrines to keep water sources clean. We've seen zero cases of cholera in communities where these latrines have been built. MCC also supported rehabilitation of a cholera treatment center in the Verrettes department of the Artibonite, an area that sees some of the highest rates of cholera in the country. 

From MCC Haiti: VIDEO: Where there is no road
From MCC Haiti: How we're fighting cholera in Haiti
From MCC Haiti: Lifesaving latrines
From MCC Haiti: Life-changing latrines

  MCC photo/Paul Shetler Fast

MCC photo/Paul Shetler Fast

Get involved

  • Donate to MCC's health fund
  • Donate to MCC's water fund
  • Learn what's at stake and where your country stands
  • Tweet
    • On #WorldHealthDay it’s time for the @UN to follow through on #cholerajustice for #Haiti #HealthForAll
    • There’s no better time than #WorldHealthDay to take action for #cholerajustice in #Haiti. There’s still a long way to go to reach @UN goal of $400 million.
    • Thanks @<insert your Rep here> for including funding to address cholera in #Haiti in the budget! On #WorldHealthDay we continue to seek #HealthForAll #cholerajustice
Video: Playing soccer for peace in Cité Soleil

Video: Playing soccer for peace in Cité Soleil

Good Friday on Mon Kalve

Good Friday on Mon Kalve