Cholera epidemic in Haiti to be managed by the UN


Published Date : Jul 21, 2014

Since 2010, close to 9000 people succumbed to the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Improper sanitation and infected sewage have been the main reasons for the outbreak of this epidemic. 

Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations has expressed that it is the UN’s chief rationale to tackle this situation. 

The people of Haiti are in extreme fear about the further consequences of this epidemic. According to evidence, the compensation claims have been delayed and the UN has failed to take proactive steps in this regard. Three lawsuits are being faced by the UN with respect to this epidemic but the UN has taken to legal immunity. 

The UN Secretary General has stated that he would try to raise 2.2 billion dollars as a relief fund for Haiti. Lawyers of the victims have expressed their disappointment in Mr. Ban due to delayed action taken by him.

The main aim of the 2.2 billion dollars relief fund, introduced in late 2012 was to eliminate cholera by the next decade in Haiti. The problem being faced in raising the fund is the slow rate at which the donors are stepping forward with the required funds. As a result, the UN has failed to raise even 400 million dollars in the initial two years. 

There are rural areas in Haiti wherein one out of every two persons lacks access to proper sanitation facilities. So, the Prime Minister of Haiti and Mr. Ban have recently introduced an initiative to amend the hygiene conditions in the rural areas.