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Interview with Pedro Medrano Rojas, UN Senior Coordinator for the Cholera Response in Haiti

03/04/2015. Despite severe infrastructure and financial constraints, concerted efforts by Haiti and its partners succeeded in drastically reducing the number of reported cholera cases in the country – down from a peak of over 350,000 reported cases for 2011, to around 28,000 reported cases for 2014

The persistence of cholera in Haiti is mainly due to the lack of access to clean water and appropriate sanitation facilities, and although considerable improvements have been made in this regard, the small Caribbean nation continues to host the largest cholera epidemic in the Western Hemisphere. To date, the epidemic has affected some 725,600 people and claimed over 8,800 lives in Haiti since October 2010.

… And I think that what we are facing now is, as I said before, this perception that because of the progress that has been made, there is no longer an emergency there… and also the other crises around the world. Also, the fact that this is not prominent in the major media, it is not perceived as an emergency. I think that is the purpose of our work. That’s the reason why I am reaching out to partners, Member States, not to forget Haiti. Otherwise, we will continue to have not only the surge we have just mentioned but an increasing number of people affected and also fatalities – that can be avoided, by the way.

Read the interview on the United nation website

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