Thursday, April 27, 2017

UN Offering 13% Actual Cost to Eradicate Cholera in Haiti

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Samuel Maxime

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NEW YORK CITY, New York, USA (sentinel.ht) – The United Nations, with its apology to the Haitian people, Friday, said it was looking to raise $400 million [USD] to spend on “long-term defense” of cholera in Haiti. But a 2014 estimate by the Haitian government had the costs at $3.1 billion.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been floating around the figure of $400 million over the past year. Again, during a speech Friday where he issued a more formal apology for the cholera outbreak in Haiti, he reiterated the call for material and financial support.

Costing around $400 million over the next two years, the proposed United Nations package will centre on two different elements, known as ‘Track One’ and ‘Track Two’…

The former consists of a greatly intensified and better-resourced effort to respond to and reduce the incidence of cholera…

The second track of the UN response is the development of a package of material assistance and support to those Haitians most directly affected by cholera…

Not much is known about the UN’s plan. Haitian officials say they had not yet been brought to the table to discuss these but on the face of it, the dollar amount is not enough. The Secretary General is calling for less than 13% of the money actually needed to do the job according to evaluations made by the Government of Haiti. They match other independent estimates which place the costs of eradicating the disease at $3.1 billion.

Desperately poor, however, Haiti had never faced a cholera outbreak in its recorded history dating back to 1492. In fact, the country had never experienced any epidemics or plagues, even as the prevalence of HIV/AIDS has been largely exaggerated in mainstream western media, the majority conservative, individualist populations outside of the capital city have outpaced the world in long-life expectancy, resilience to injury, physical and mental health.

There has been but one recorded outbreak, that of yellow fever in 1802, during the heat of the Haitian Revolution. A letter from French General LeClerc to his brother-in-law, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, show that in the summer of that year, a yellow fever outbreak had killed 50,000 of their soldiers. But even in this case, the African slaves who would go to inhabit the land were immune.

In October 2010, UN peacekeepers broke countless universally recognized fundamental principals regarding the disposal of human waste. In dumping tanker loads of untreated waste into Haiti’s Artibonite River, the ecosystem nationwide had become disturbed. A thousand years would not be enough for the island to heal itself naturally. The Haiti report required infrastructure spending along with needed health care.

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Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.