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Following its outbreak in 2010, the Haitian cholera epidemic has killed 8,694 persons, sickened an additional 744,147 victims, and continues to ravage the Haitian population as international funding for cholera treatment programs diminished. Fortunately, the Government of Haiti announced a 10-year, $2.2 billion Cholera Elimination Plan to combat this national crisis. Acknowledging that the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) most likely introduced this epidemic, the HAWG calls on the United Nations to fund and implement the Cholera Elimination Plan. Adequate water and sanitation systems remain a key development challenge in Haiti, and the HAWG supports efforts to improve and sustain this critical infrastructure.

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Cholera Epidemic, Media

Faith leaders to Obama: Take Action on Cholera!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jasmine Huggins, Church World Service (202) 481-6942 | Charissa Zehr, Mennonite Central Committee (202) 544-6564

Faith Leaders Urge Obama Administration to take a leadership role in eliminating cholera in Haiti

Tuesday, October 11, Washington, D.C. – As cholera cases spike in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, more than 60 faith-based organizations and religious groups sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary Kerry, urging them to exercise leadership at the United Nations (UN) to ensure that concrete steps are taken to eliminate the cholera epidemic introduced to Haiti in 2010 by UN peacekeepers.  Read More

Cholera Epidemic, Climate Change, Events, Food Sovereignty, Housing

Best Practices for Hurricane Recovery

Based on years of organizational experience that many HAWG members have in disaster response and recovery, they share best practices from lessons learned on the ground. We hope that all organizations responding in Haiti will share in these practices:

1. Support local community collaborations and initiatives. Haitian community networks mobilized to relocate, shelter and protect Matthew victims. Read More

Cholera Epidemic, Media

Join the #EndHaitiCholera campaign!

Please join us in telling the Obama Administration that there is still time to make a significant impact on cholera in Haiti before the end of his term! The State Department can build momentum at the UN and take a strong stand for cholera victims and their families, cholera treatment, and long-term water and sanitation investment in Haiti. Read More

Cholera Epidemic

US Representative Frederica Wilson issues statement in light of UN’s admission of role in cholera epidemic

Last week, Representative Frederica Wilson issued a statement in response to the New York Times article that announced the UN’s acknowledgement of its role in Haiti’s cholera outbreak.

In her press release, Congresswoman Wilson stated,

Today’s announcement is a major first step in righting a wrong. While I welcome the UN’s assumption of responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti, it must be followed with concrete actions that include making cholera victims and their families whole, and investments towards eradicating the epidemic.”

For six years, the HAWG has worked closely with Congresswoman Wilson’s office on the issue of cholera, advocating for UN accountability and a just response to the crisis. Read More

Cholera Epidemic

ICYMI: UN Admits Role in Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic

The Haiti Advocacy Working Group welcomes the recent UN statement that acknowledges their role in the cholera outbreak that has caused so much illness and death since the mismanagement of wastewater from the UN base in the Artibonite region of Haiti. For 6 years, members of the HAWG have been working to address the cholera epidemic at many levels – in the health sector, in water and sanitation infrastructure funding, and seeking a claims mechanism for victims. Read More

Cholera Epidemic, Report

UPR Submission: Violations of human rights related to the ongoing cholera epidemic

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. This report, submitted on behalf of the Institute for the Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), AIDS-Free World, the Environmental Justice Initiative for Haiti (EJIH), the Haitian-American Leadership Council (HALEC) and the Haitian Diaspora for Democracy and Development (HD3), discusses violations of human rights in Haiti related to the ongoing cholera epidemic. Read More