Tuesday, September 26, 2023

IOM calls for US$3.2 million to combat cholera outbreak in Haiti

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is requesting an urgent contribution of US$3.2 million to continue responding to the cholera outbreak affecting Haiti and the serious situation of the displaced population in the country due to the violence of armed gangs.

The latest report from the Haitian Ministry of Health puts 151 people dead due to the cholera outbreak and another 7,051 are hospitalized, while the number of confirmed cases amounts to 734 cases.

According to data provided this week by the United Nations Organization (UN), from some 152 possible cases of cholera reported at the beginning of October, it has risen to almost 9,000, with the disease already present in eight of the country’s ten provinces.

Haiti reported its first cholera case in more than three years in early October, having managed to overcome a 2019 outbreak of the disease that began in October 2010 and killed nearly 10,000 people.

The resurgence of cholera adds further stress to a complex humanitarian situation amid a volatile sociopolitical environment marked by roadblocks, fuel shortages, violent gang activity and insecurity that restricts the provision of basic services, including access to water and medical care.


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