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Help Stop Cholera in Haiti Now

Cholera has spread in Haiti since 2010. Significant progress has been made in the fight against the disease, and now we need your help to stop it.

Since cholera first surfaced in Haiti in 2010, an estimated 780,000 people have been infected with this disease and more than 9,000 people have died.

While the Haitian government, United Nations agencies, and NGOs have mobilized and decreased cholera cases by 90% since 2010, there is more work left to do.

Cholera – a diarrheal disease that can be fatal within hours if left untreated – is caused by consuming food or water that is unsafe. It spreads quickly in areas with low sanitation and heavy rainfall. Haiti has the lowest rate of access to sanitation in the Western Hemisphere, and only half of its population has access to safe water.

With the destruction and displacement caused by Hurricane Matthew in early October, cholera has the potential to spread in the country even more quickly.

The UN is working rapidly to stop the spread of cholera in Haiti, to address long-term sanitation and water needs, and to provide assistance to those affected by cholera.

Donations will be sent through the UN’s Haiti Cholera Response Fund, a streamlined joint mechanism the United Nations system has used during health emergencies. Donations will allow UN agencies, such as UNICEF and the World Health Organization, to:

·Train health workers to respond to cholera

·Identify and treat cholera cases quickly

·Scale up a cholera vaccine campaign

·Implement a country-wide campaign on sanitation, food hygiene, and household water treatment

·Develop long-term water & sanitation solutions through improved infrastructure & health systems

·Help communities affected by cholera