Cholera is a preventable disease. Yet, this highly contagious disease has infected 661,716, killed 8,253 (3/14/13) people in Haiti and over 500 people in the Dominican Republic since 2010.The Haitian sanitation infrastructure continues to be grossly inadequate and severely lacking in medical services to treat the millions of people currently at risk of cholera and other diseases.
1. Universal vaccination starting NOW and beginning with schoolchildren in all schools
2. The immediate establishment of a Haitian-wide program to build and maintain a system of treatment centers staffed by Haitian health workers
3. The immediate establishment of a Haitian-wide construction of a modern fresh water and sewage removal system.
This modern sanitation system should be built and maintained by Haitian workers.
We are aware that U.N. MINUSTAH troops brought cholera to Haiti in October, 2010. The U.N.’s World Health Organization, as well as other international bodies and the Haitian government, have the responsibility to act now.