Rights Advocates Suing U.N. Over the Spread of Cholera in Haiti

Image: A cholera outbreak in Haiti that began in 2010 has killed 8,300 people and sickened 650,000. Damon Winter/The New York Times

nytimes.com - October 8th, 2013 - Rick Gladstone

Advocates for Haitian victims of the deadly cholera epidemic that first afflicted their country three years ago said they were taking the extraordinary step on Wednesday of suing the United Nations, asserting that the organization’s peacekeeping force in Haiti was responsible for introducing the disease through sewage contamination from its barracks.

The lawsuit, which the advocates said they would file in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Wednesday morning, will be the strongest action they have taken in pressing the United Nations to acknowledge at least some culpability for the outbreak of cholera, a highly contagious scourge spread through human feces that had been largely absent from Haiti for 100 years.

Cholera has killed more than 8,300 Haitians and sickened more than 650,000 in the earthquake-ravaged country, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, since it first reappeared in October 2010.

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Water and Sanitation in the Time of Cholera

csis.org - September 5th, 2013 - Katherine Bliss, Matt Fisher

In October 2010, just nine months after an earthquake devastated the capital city of Port-au-Prince and displaced an estimated 1.5 million people, Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population reported a cholera outbreak in two of the country’s most impoverished regions. It was the first time cholera—a diarrheal disease associated with the consumption of food and water contaminated by feces infected with the bacterium vibrio cholerae—had been identified in the country in at least 100 years. Within a month of the initial report, cholera had spread not only to all regions of Haiti but also to the neighboring Dominican Republic.

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EU pledges €532m for Haiti reconstruction

brussels.cta.int - September 17th, 2013

The European Union (EU) has committed 532 million Euros to aid the reconstruction of Haiti after its earthquake in 2010. Between the 10th and 11th European Development Funds (EDF), 112 million Euros and 420 million were donated to Haiti. The funds will be put toward modernization efforts in Haiti, including finance, state reform, security operations and education, specifically free primary education for children.
This funding from the EU was discussed with European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs on Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamotheʼs recent visit to Europe over the past weekend. The allocation of the 112 million Euros will take effect after the United Nations General Assembly, which meets in the United States later in September.

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Haïti Perspectives - Thematic Review of the GRAHN - Integrated Water Management

submitted by Rebuild Haiti Better

Thematic notebook, Vol. 3, No. 1, March 2014

Integrated Water Management
Call for papers
Guest Coeditors

Evens Emmanuel, Ph.D., Haïti
Michelet Joseph, Canada

Editorial Committee

Nicolas Adrien, USA
Jean Ambassa-Mve, Ph.D., Canada
Renel Bruno, Haïti
Patrick Carrière, Ph.D., USA
Jacqueline Day, Canada
Musandji Fuamba, Ph.D., Canada
Osnick Joseph, Ph.D., Haïti
Edmond Magny, Haïti
Yves Perrodin, Ph.D., France
John-Hervé Raymond, USA
Francis Rosillon, Ph.D., Belgique

Using the Maya Nut Tree to Increase Tropical Agroecosystem Resilience to Climate Change in Central America and Mexico

submitted by Albert Gomez

elanadapt.net - pelicanweb.org - August 2011

CLICK HERE - CASE STUDY - Using the Maya Nut Tree to Increase Tropical Agroecosystem Resilience to Climate Change in Central America and Mexico
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Author affiliations: 1 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 2 The Maya Nut Institute

Understanding the Role of Diaspora Advocacy Coalitions, Non-Governmental Organizations and Networks: A Focus on Haiti's Disasters

submitted by Albert Gomez / Pilar Martin

nsf.gov - fau.edu - August 13, 2012
Sapat, Alka and Esnard, Ann-Margaret, Transboundary Impacts of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake Disaster: Focus on Legal Dilemmas in South Florida (February 20, 2013). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2221282

Abstract

Educavision, Inc.

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Florida-based Educa Vision Inc. (EVI) designs, develops, publishes, and distributes a broad range of multicultural and multilingual educational materials. The materials are available in several media including books, charts, computer programs, DVD, Inter-active lessons and assessment pieces delivered on the web, on CD Rom.

Their mission is to make a valuable contribution to the body of multicultural and multilingual educational materials, by publishing materials that connect culturally and linguistically to the students, teachers, administrators, service providers and community leaders.

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New aIrline, Haiti Aviation makes inaugural flight from Miami


Image: Haiti Aviation First flight To Haiti from Miami to Port-au Prince on Friday July 19,2013 with 149 Passengers (Photo: Ricardo Saint-Cyr)

thebahamasweekly.com - July 24th, 2013

A new airline company run by Haitian investors, called Haiti Aviation made its inaugural flight on Friday, July 19, 2013 from Miami to Port-au-Prince.

Reports say that the investors hope it will help bring tourists back to Haiti. Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin, the Minister of Tourism, applauded the initiative, said that talks are already underway with the leaders of the new company to develop packages for the destination.

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Haiti passes order to protect mangroves


Image: A mangrove forest

defend.ht - July 11th, 2013

At the last Council of Ministers meeting on Wednesday, a resolution was adopted to protect Haiti's mangroves.

A press note from the National Palace said that construction in the area of mangroves and the cutting and selling of trees from these areas is prohibited. Fishing and hunting is also prohibited.

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UN Emergency Fund Allocates Extra $1.5 Million for Cholera Response in Haiti

At a camp for displaced persons in Port au Prince, Haiti, residents get bleach and water purification tablets which are used in cholera prevention. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

un.org

18 July 2013 – The United Nations emergency relief fund will allocate an additional $1.5 million to the cholera response in Haiti, at a time when cases are set to rise due to the rainy season.

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