Paradoxically, the cholera emergency now gives us the opportunity to focus on durable solutions for water and sanitation. The Government of Haiti’s 10-year National Plan for the Elimination of Cholera requires $2.2 billion, of which approximately 90% supports water and sanitation. By strengthening these infrastructures, we will eliminate cholera and also other waterborne diseases, such as acute diarrhoea, a major killer of children under five in Haiti.
And the benefits may be even greater. When Latin American countries faced a major cholera epidemic in the 1990s, there was tremendous resolve to invest in water and sanitation. Ten years later, they not only eliminated the disease, but recorded significant improvements in reducing child mortality and malnutrition, and in increasing school enrolment and economic productivity.
The UN has made eliminating cholera in Haiti a key priority and has also been helping to mobilize resources for the National Plan for the Elimination of…
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