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Haiti - Epidemic : The cholera threatens 2.2 million children
11/01/2011 09:25:29

Haiti - Epidemic : The cholera threatens 2.2 million children
Nearly 2.2 million of children risk of contracting cholera in Haiti because of lack of clean water and sanitation in schools, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The agency said that the prevention activities, including training of teachers and distribution of equipment for washing hands are not sufficient to stop the spread of the disease in schools.

The OCHA report in its latest report that over 3,700 people died of cholera in Haiti and cases of cholera continue to be reported in child care centers and orphanages in spite of investments in education programs and training.

OCHA says that cholera prevention efforts in schools have been delayed due to lack of adequate funding. Recalling that the international community's response to the appeal for emergency funds launched by the UN, November 12, 2010, amounting to 164 million dollars [since increased to 174 million] to help contain the epidemic has been inadequate. Only $ 44 million (25%) have been received so far.

For the Back to School 2011, OCHA reports that efforts are underway to cover 10,000 schools with cholera prevention materials (soap, aquatabs, posters).

Last cholera assessment :since the beginning of the cholera epidemic in Haiti (October 19, 2010), 178.440 people were infected and treated, 99.631 people were hospitalized and 3.732 people died. According to the latest report from the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP), dated of January 5, 2011.

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