New Studies Show Cholera Emerging as a Driver of Progress in Public Health in Haiti

\”This dreadful disease has become a clarion call for action that could have far-reaching benefits for the people of Haiti beyond ending cholera transmission,\” says Jon Andrus, MD, deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which collaborated with the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in producing the special section. \”We\’ve struggled to improve Haiti\’s overall public health for decades,\” he added. \”Now we arrive at a critical juncture where from the depths of a terrible epidemic there is an opportunity for Haiti to rise up to a new level of protection against infectious diseases.\”

Andrus noted that it was a cholera epidemic in 19th century London that led to the discovery and prevention of water-borne diseases. (It was known as the fight against the Great Stink). The intense global focus on the disease also was instrumental in accelerating the first meeting of the World Health assembly in 1947 in response to a cholera outbreak in Egypt. Now evidence is emerging that cholera could be similarly transformative for Haiti. via  Public Health in Haiti


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