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Cholera’s fresh attack in Haiti – The Washington Post


It’s impossible to know whether flagging contributions reflect donor fatigue or the fact that relatively few cholera victims end up dying (less than 1 percent), thanks to quicker recognition and treatment in many parts of the country. Still, tighter money means longer odds for tackling the disease over the long term.

A plan to eliminate cholera in Haiti by 2022, devised in coordination with the Port-au-Prince government, was pegged to cost $2.2 billion. But of the $1.7 billion sought to execute the first five years of the plan, from 2013 to 2018, only 17 percent — about $286 million — has been raised and spent so far.

That means that blueprints to improve and replace portions of Haiti’s glaringly inadequate water and sanitation infrastructure are not being implemented. In the absence of those upgrades, more Haitians will continue to succumb to cholera, a diarrheal illness caused by consuming contaminated food and water. via – The Washington Post

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