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.
Jonathan Katz writes for the NYTimes:
The deputy spokesman for the secretary general, Farhan Haq, said in an email this week that “over the past year, the U.N. has become convinced that it needs to do much more regarding its own involvement in the initial outbreak and the suffering of those affected by cholera.” He added that a “new response will be presented publicly within the next two months, once it has been fully elaborated, agreed with the Haitian authorities and discussed with member states.”
Tweet us @Haiti_advocacy to let us know what you think about this! There are also many other editorials and outlets reporting on this watershed moment:
“U.N. accepts role in deadly Haiti cholera outbreak for first time,” Washington Post
The Daily Beast: UN admist to role in Haiti cholera outbreak