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Haiti to launch cholera vaccination with PAHO/WHO support – Pan American Health Organization


delivery_of_cholera_vaccine_3_20140718_1880108258Haiti is set to vaccinate 200,000 people in three departments against cholera starting in August, with support from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization PAHO/WHO.The campaign will be carried out in the Artibonite Gonaives and Ennery, Central Lascahobas, Saut d’Eau, Savanette and Mirebalais, and West Arcahaie departments, which were chosen by the Ministry of Public Health and Population MSPP because they are considered high-risk zones.“Vaccination is an important complementary measure in the fight against cholera,” said PAHO/WHO Assistant Director Francisco Becerra. “But the long-term objective is to eliminate cholera, which will require sustained improvements in access to water and sanitation for the population.”PAHO/WHO’s representative in Haiti, Jean-Luc Poncelet, noted that vaccination is one of a series of measures implemented by Haitian health authorities with support from PAHO/WHO and other international partners. Other key measures include timely treatment for people sickened by the disease, improved access to potable water and adequate sanitation, the promotion of community participation and strengthened epidemiological surveillance. “Preventing and controlling cholera is a top priority for Haiti and international organizations,” he said. via Pan American Health Organization

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