The Government of Haiti this week honored the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization’s (PAHO/WHO’s) office in Port-au-Prince with Haiti’s national “Honor and Merit” award, in recognition of the organization’s contributions to the fight against cholera and its efforts to improve public health. The award was signed by President René Preval on April 19, 2011.
For Haiti's health sector, 2010 was a year of unprecedented challenges. The January 12 earthquake claimed the lives of more than 200,000 Haitians, including some 300 health workers, and injured many thousands more, while causing serious damage and disruption to health infrastructure, services and supply lines. The cholera epidemic added new difficulties just as the health sector was beginning to recover and rebuild.
"This week marks one year since Haiti's earthquake on 12 January 2010.
I would like to take a moment to once again express my solidarity with
the people of Haiti. The tragic losses of the Haitian people as a result
of the earthquake have deeply moved all nations of the world. I convey
our sincere condolences to all those affected by this tragic event." Link to video of Dr. Mirta Roses
A group of experts convened by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) today urged the creation of an international stockpile of cholera vaccine and called for the use of current vaccines in a pilot project in Haiti that would be expanded as more vaccine becomes available.