Mr. Ban also drew attention to the elimination of cholera in Haiti, where the disease has claimed the lives of more than 7,750 people and infected over 620,000 since the outbreak in 2010.
“The United Nations is striving to do everything it can to eliminate cholera from Haiti. But to support the Government, we need to fill a severe funding gap,” Mr. Ban said.
In the long-term, the country’s health system needs to be strengthened and clean drinking water and sanitation must be available to all citizens. However, Mr. Ban noted that in the oral cholera vaccine is a need that needs to be addressed immediately.
“What Haiti needs is a partner ready to provide $1 million a year for the next three to five years to underwrite free vaccines for the poor and vulnerable people who need them most,” he said. “The United Nations will do its part to raise resources and strengthen the cholera response, but we also need partners who can make a difference for the people of Haiti.”
Mr. Ban underlined the UN’s support to translate philanthropic initiatives to the ground and establish partnerships to “save millions of lives and set the world on course for a better future.”
First, it's pathetic that the UN has to beg the ultra-rich to ride to the rescue as Bill and Melinda Gates have. This is, after all, an association of nations whose richest members have trillion-dollar economies. But those nations can't be bothered to clean up a few easily eradicated diseases.
Second, it's doubly pathetic that the UN has to beg for help to get rid of cholera in Haiti: the UN went into Haiti in the first place because the US was getting bored with sending in the Marines every time the local paid thug failed to keep order; better to subsidize a few countries' military by paying them to be "peacekeepers." So Haiti wouldn't even have cholera in the first place if not for the Nepali contingent who arrived in the fall of 2010 and promptly triggered a catastrophe.
And what if the philanthropists, some small fraction of the top 0.1%, actually do pay to clean up malaria, polio, tetanus, measles, and HIV, and then clean up cholera in Haiti as an afterthought? What will happen to all the children who grow up reasonably healthy (maybe even adequately nourished) in the countries where those diseases once flourished? What jobs can they look forward to? How will they have a say in their countries' "better future"?
Mr. Ban doesn't say.