Via ReliefWeb, a report from the UN Country Team in Haiti: Haiti Cholera Response United Nations in Haiti, March 2014. Click through to download the PDF. The summary:
Haiti still hosts the largest number of suspected cholera cases worldwide with more than 700, 000 cases and around 8500 deaths reported from October 2010 to date. Since the beginning of the epidemic, the UN has initiated a system wide effort to support the Government of Haiti in the fight against cholera.
These concerted Haitian and international efforts have succeeded in significantly reducing the toll of the epidemic. Every year, the numbers of cholera cases have been reduced by more than half and fatality rates are now below 1 per cent, the target rate set by the National Cholera elimination Plan to 2015. As in previous months, statistics from March 2014 indicate the lowest number of cases ever reported since the beginning of the epidemic. These results confirm that UN efforts to tackle the epidemic are working.
The UN reaffirms its commitment to work closely with national authorities and international partners to mount a scaled up response to beat back the spread of cholera. This is its first priority. Continued lack of funding, however, has dramatically decreased capacities to respond effectively.
A significant effort to strengthen Haiti’s health and water and sanitation systems is urgently required as a fundamental part of the fight against cholera. The Government of Haiti launched its ten-year National Plan for the Elimination of Cholera, along with a two-year operational component of the Plan.
This plan requires the support of the international community. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to governments, philanthropists and the private sector to provide the funding that Haiti needs to save lives and eliminate the epidemic.
The only reason the UN is in Haiti in the first place is to save the US the trouble and political expense of sending in the Marines, as it used to do whenever the Haitians showed signs of self-government. The only reason cholera is in Haiti is that the UN is in Haiti. And now the UN has the effrontery both to deny its responsibility and to beg other countries (including the countries that voted to send in the UN peacekeepers) for money to clean up the mess.