Via ReliefWeb, a news release from PAHO: New partner organizations back water and sanitation investments to eliminate cholera from Hispaniola. Excerpt:
Representatives of international and civil society organizations today agreed to promote major investments in water and sanitation infrastructure in Haiti and the Dominican Republic as the long-term solution to the cholera epidemic in those countries.
This support was welcomed by Haiti’s Minister of Health, Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume, and the ambassadors of the Dominican Republic and Haiti to the Organization of American States (OAS) during the launch of the new Regional Coalition on Water and Sanitation for the Elimination of Cholera in the Island of Hispaniola.
The coalition’s objective is to support the two governments in harmonizing and streamlining international support for investments in water and sanitation infrastructure to eliminate cholera from the island.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the National Health Foundation of Brazil (FUNASA), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Haitian Association of Medical Physicians Abroad, joined the coalition and in urging governments, society, and international agencies to support this initiative for improving access to clean drinking water and sanitation in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the OAS, CARICOM, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the World Bank, and the Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (AIDIS) are the other members of the Regional Coalition.
Shorter version: A whole bunch of health bureaucracies think it would be neat if the US and UN would cough up some money so Haitians can drink clean water and defecate without spreading cholera. "Urging" is not the same as demanding.
This is also one of the few cholera stories out of Haiti that actually mentions the health minister, who has kept a low profile while the disease has entrenched itself as just another miserable fact of Haitian life.