Humanitarian partners in Haiti are bracing for an increase in new cases of cholera as the hurricane season gets underway. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), heavy rains and flooding could contaminate water sources and trigger a surge of up to 4,000 new cholera cases per week in the coming months. At the same time, funding for programmes to control the disease and treat the sick is running out.
“It is unacceptable that lives are being lost to cholera because last year’s capacity building in the areas of response and prevention were lost due to a lack of funding,” said OCHA Director of Operations John Ging after a three-day visit to Haiti in May. He stressed the urgency for more commitment by donors.
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