UN: “Haiti Cannot Wait Two Generations” to Eliminate Cholera

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - November 17, 2014

Above: combating cholera in Haiti by providing clean water (UN Photo/Logan Abassi)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Support for initiatives to combat cholera in Haiti have been “disappointing,” according to Pedro Medrano Rojas, the senior United Nations Coordinator for the Cholera Response in Haiti.

Rojas was writing in the Greek newspaper To Vima.

“We are standing at a tipping point, and the European Union – the world’s largest single donor of development aid – could be a leading actor on this,” he said. “Haiti cannot wait two generations until reaching the same levels of coverage as the rest of the region.”

The cholera outbreak, which began in 2010 following the earthquake, has killed more than 8,600 people in Haiti.

By most accounts, it was brought to the country by United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal. The United Nations has not taken responsibility, and has claimed immunity in a lawsuit seeking compensation for victims.

The UN and Haiti’s government launched a national sanitation campaign earlier this year to combat the disease, along with a three-year initiative on fighting cholera.

But support abroad is lagging, the UN official said.

“At the current rate of disbursement, it would take more than 40 years to get the funds needed for Haitians to gain the same access as its regional neighbours” to basic health, water and sanitations systems,” he wrote.

Popular Posts all-inclusive montego bay resort by marriott

Marriott Just Opened Its New All-Inclusive Resort in Montego Bay 

Marriott has continued its rapid expansion into the Caribbean all-inclusive space with the debut of its newest adults-only resort in Montego Bay: the new Hideaway at Royalton Blue Waters, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort.  The 352-room resort is part of […]

Yes, You Can Stay at an All-Inclusive Resort in St Thomas, USVI

the beach at the bolongo bay resort

The Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas may be the most popular all-inclusive resort you’ve never heard of. It’s not that the resort itself isn’t well-known: this family-run and managed, beach resort has been in business since 1974. But […]

The 15 Best Spa Resorts in the Caribbean

como parrot cay

Resort spas have become almost as common as fitness centers on amenity lists, but while it’s simple enough to carve out some space for a few treatment rooms, there are some spas that offer a true “experience” to go along […]

Related Posts caribbean vacation reggae with causion

From Antigua, a New Anthem for the Perfect Caribbean Vacation

Romance, adventure, culture, beaches, hotels. They’re all the perfect notes to the ultimate Caribbean vacation. Now, in time for the opening of the Caribbean’s most anticipated new adults-only resort, The Verandah Antigua, a top Caribbean reggae star has turned these […]

Caribbean Photo of the Week: The Blue of Eagle Beach in Aruba

the waters of eagle beach in aruba

The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Pam Whittle, who sent in this lovely shot of the blue waters of Eagle Beach in Aruba. Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean? Send it to with […]

"At Its Roots, Jamaica Is Soul, Rhythm and Culture Come to Life"

jamaica new way to fly

“At its roots, Jamaica is soul, rhythm and culture come to life.” – Cedella Marley Assouline’s series of travel books manages to capture the indescribable, inarticulable, essential qualities of a place, distilling a destination’s romance and wonder into a story […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You