BBC: Hulporganisaties falen in het gevecht tegen cholera in Haiti

The cholera outbreak that has killed 3,600 people in Haiti since October 2010 has not been suppressed – despite billions of dollars in promised aid, according to a report by Haitian and US researchers.

The report says more than a third of people made homeless by the massive earthquake in January 2010, and now living in tents, still do not have access to clean water, and a quarter still do not have a toilet.

This is despite highly-publicised promises of help by aid agencies and foreign governments.

Cholera is spread through contact with human faeces – so lack of washing and toilet facilities is a direct cause of death.

The study says the epidemic has not yet peaked, so unless the situation is addressed there will be more unnecessary deaths.

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Krista Russchen

17 februari 2011