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News / Brèves

Rainy Season to Bring Cholera Surge to Haiti, Claiming Thousands More Lives

27 February 2012

In a Haiti still languishing as a result of Obama’s genocide policy, a new surge of the cholera epidemic that began in October of 2010 is expected in a matter of weeks, warns Paul Farmer, founder of the Partners in Health NGO which has operated in Haiti for 20 years.

In a Feb. 24 letter to friends, Farmer warns that with the advent of the rainy season in April, there will be "thousands of new cases claiming many lives. That’s not a guess. It’s a predictable outcome: April marks the beginning of Haiti’s rainy season. Daily downpours create conditions in which cholera can tear through destitute communities without access to clean water. Flooding, no stranger to Haiti, makes the situation worse. Help us get the word out."

Remember, there are still over 600,000 Haitians living in fetid camps in the capital. Farmer Notes that last year when rains came, the number of cholera cases tripled from 18,908 in April to 50,405 in June. "This year could be worse, but it doesn’t need to be," if people act. But Farmer, who was UN Deputy Envoy to Haiti, working closely with Bill Clinton, admits that the large-scale water and infrastructure projects so desperately needed in Haiti have yet to be built. PIH is thus pinning its hopes on an aggressive vaccination campaign it is launching in rural flood-prone areas, the efficacy of which some healthcare professionals question