Consider the most recent date covered in this batch, May 5. It lists total of 655,300 cholera cases seen, 326,636 cases hospitalized, and 8,105 deaths—all in the two and a half years since the outbreak began in October 2010.
But the May 5 numbers do not include any reports from Grande Anse, Nippes, Nord Est, Ouest, Port-au-Prince, or Sud Est—6 out of Haiti's 11 reporting departments. Some departments like Grande Anse seem not to have reported in weeks or months.
When MSPP releases a batch of "daily" reports, often two weeks late, the first day's numbers usually include a sharp increase in cumulative cases over the previous day's cases. This increase is unexplained; I would like to think it includes the delayed reports from laggard departments, but who knows?
Haiti has become the madwoman in the humanitarian attic, kept out of sight and never mentioned in polite company. When the screams do reach downstairs, everyone clatters their teacups and makes louder small talk...about anything but the source of the screams.
So I guess I'll keep posting those phony numbers, if only to remind myself of how the rest of the world has failed a small black nation.