Via Reuters: U.N. wants $200 million to pay Haiti's cholera victims, communities. Excerpt and then a comment:
The United Nations hopes it can raise $200 million for payments to families of more than 9,300 cholera victims in Haiti and to communities worst-affected by the outbreak of the disease, which has been blamed on Nepali U.N. peacekeepers.
Half could be spent on communities, with the remaining $100 million paid to families of victims, U.N. special advisor David Nabarro told reporters. This would allow for payments of some $10,000 per family.
Nabarro said raising the funds through donations would be "highly unlikely" and U.N. officials would discuss with member states whether the world body could add the cost to its budget, paid by 193 U.N. member states through assessed contributions.
So far, he said it had "proved to be very hard indeed to get any traction" from member states on providing donations.
"I have felt a little bit disheartened about it," Nabarro said. "I'm not in a situation where I feel confident about it."
Nabarro said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who steps down at the end of 2016 after two five-year terms, is due to propose the payment plan to the U.N. General Assembly in the coming weeks as part of a new approach to dealing with cholera in the Caribbean country.
The new approach would also include raising a further $200 million to fund rapid response teams to combat cholera outbreaks and begin building water and sanitation systems throughout impoverished Haiti. Nabarro said only a quarter of Haitians have toilets and half have access to clean drinking water.
And this sanitation problem exists six years after the first cholera cases, six years when the country was crawling with NGOs wanting to Do Good For Haiti and cholera carried on no matter how many suits sat on panels in Port-au-Prince hotels to tell other suits how to Do More Good For Haiti, and then flew home where clean water and flush toilets were taken for granted.