Fighting diseases with clean water and sanitation in lèogane, Haiti

Water and sanitation improvements remain key to defeating cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

PAHO and coalition partners urge stepped-up support for call to action launched in 2012

wwwd-logoWashington, D.C., 21 March 2014 (PAHO/WHO) — Three and a half years into a cholera epidemic that has claimed more than 8,500 lives, Haiti has made significant progress in slowing the spread of the disease. However, controlling and eventually eliminating cholera will require major improvements in water and sanitation infrastructure, said representatives of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and its partner organizations in the Regional Coalition for Water and Sanitation to Eliminate Cholera from Hispaniola.

“World Water Day is an opportunity to highlight how critical water and sanitation are in the fight against cholera,” said PAHO Deputy Director Jon K. Andrus. “This was a key lesson learned in stopping the cholera epidemic that swept the Western Hemisphere in the 1990s. During that time, countries prioritized safe water and sanitation as fundamental to stopping cholera transmission while ensuring access to safe water as a basic human right.” Read More

Sandy Operation – Jeremie, Haiti

Haiti partners see progress, challenges in cholera control

Members of the Regional Coalition seek better coordination, more resource mobilization to advance cholera elimination island-wide
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Washington, D.C., 4 February 2014 (PAHO/WHO) ― Representatives of member organizations of the Regional Coalition for Water and Sanitation to Eliminate Cholera in Hispaniola met today at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to assess progress that has been made in controlling cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and to discuss additional resources that will be needed to eventually eliminate the disease island-wide. Read More

Eradicating cholera in the island of Hispaniola

USAID and World Vision join coalition to eliminate cholera from Haiti and the Dominican Republic

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Alliance of 20 organizations is mobilizing resources to support government efforts to eliminate cholera by 2022

Washington, D.C., 28 June 2013 (PAHO/WHO) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Vision today became the newest members of the Regional Coalition on Water and Sanitation to Eliminate Cholera in Hispaniola, an alliance of more than 20 agencies and associations that are supporting efforts by the governments of Haiti and the Dominican Republic to eliminate the transmission of cholera. Read More

$29.1 million pledged to support cholera elimination in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

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PAHO/WHO and partners say more support is needed to save lives, prevent cholera’s spread

Washington, D.C., 31 May 2013 (PAHO/WHO) — Members of an international coalition today announced new financial support for efforts to eliminate cholera from Haiti and the Dominican Republic, through major investments in water and sanitation and health systems strengthening. The support was announced in a meeting of the Regional Coalition to Eliminate Cholera Transmission in Hispaniola, held at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in Washington, D.C. Read More

Vaccination, maternal-child health and cholera are top priorities for PAHO/WHO technical cooperation in Haiti

Port-of-Prince, Haiti, 27 April 2012 (PAHO/WHO) – In her first official visit to Haiti, on the eve of the launch of the 11th Vaccination Week in the Americas, PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienee met with First Lady Sophia Martelly and Minister of Health Florence Guillaume of Haiti to analyze technical cooperation priorities in the country.

vwa-etinne-hai-1-478“Haiti is one of my top priorities,” said Etienne, congratulating First Lady Martelly for her health advocacy and Minister of Health Guillaume for having been named a Harvard Health Leader for 2013.

In a meeting in the National Palace, which was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake, Martelly thanks Etienne for PAHO/WHO’s support in strengthening Haiti’s health system.

“We work to build capacity, to strengthen the work of health authorities in countries,” said Etienne, adding that “this is the significant contribution” that the world’s oldest international health organization provides to its Member States.

Guillaume highlighted immunization, maternal-child health, and cholera as her country’s top health priorities. Haiti has achieved high rates of immunization coverage for measles, rubella, and polio, and has reported no cases of these diseases. Last year, with support from PAHO/WHO and other partners, the country introduced the pentavalent vaccine and plans to begin vaccinating against tetanus and rotavirus during 2103.

“We want to expand access to maternal-child health so that women have prenatal care and give birth in maternity centers,” said Guillaume. According survey data (Emus 5) for 2011, only 36% of Haitian women give birth in institutions, up 11 points from 2005.

Since 2012, Haiti with support from PAHO/WHO and financing from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has been implementing a program for free obstetric and pediatric care for women and for children under 5 in 17 institutions in the country. The program also provides family planning services. Since its launch the program has benefitted more than 29,700 women and nearly 68,000 children.

Last February, Haiti launched its new National Plan for the Elimination of Cholera, a disease that has sickened 650,000 people and claimed over 8,000 lives since October 2010. PAHO/WHO is working with its partners in the Regional Coalition for the Elimination of Transmission of Cholera from Hispaniola to mobilize financial resources and to provide technical support for the national plan.

The 10-year plan includes investments in water and sanitation infrastructure as well as pilot projects for cholera vaccination. PAHO/WHO has pledged US$500,000 toward ensuring clean water in health facilities and for technical cooperation in vaccination.

PAHO Director Dr. Carissa F. Etienne Congratulates Haiti on National Plan of Action on Cholera


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Millennium Water Alliance joins coalition for water and sanitation to eliminate cholera from Haiti

DSC_1119Washington, D.C., 14 March 2013 (PAHO/WHO) — The Millennium Water Association today became the latest new member of the Regional Coalition for Water and Sanitation to Eliminate Cholera Transmission in the Island of Hispaniola. The nongovernmental organization signed a declaration that commits members of the coalition to work together to promote universal access to potable water and sanitation in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Read More