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Haiti: UN’s New Approach on Cholera Puts People at Heart of the Response

submitted by John Carroll

                                         

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30 November 2016 – The response to cholera in Haiti will be a “long and thorough battle,” but the United Nations will stand by the Haitian people and authorities, Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General, on the eve of the launch of the Organization's new approach to tackling the epidemic in the country.

The new approach was announced last August and will be launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the UN General Assembly on Thursday, 1 December. It includes rapid interventions in areas where cases are reported and the prevention of future high-risk public health crises.

The new approach on cholera also focuses on people and proposes the establishment of a program of material assistance and support to Haitians directly affected by the disease.

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Midwives saving lives in hurricane-devastated Haiti

The hospital in Beaumont was completely destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. Midwives have been deployed to serve women in areas where health systems have been devastated. © UNFPA/Eddie Wright

Image: The hospital in Beaumont was completely destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. Midwives have been deployed to serve women in areas where health systems have been devastated. © UNFPA/Eddie Wright

unfpa.org - November 28th 2016 - Vario Serant

"I was twisting in pain this Friday,” 31-year-old Emmanuella Jeanty told UNFPA, describing her labour pains. She was in Beaumont, a town in southwest Haiti where Hurricane Matthew had left a trail of devastation just one month earlier.

Life was already rough for women and their babies before the hurricane.

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At The U.S.-Mexico Border, Haitians Arrive To A Harsh Reception

           

Haitian nationals at a Mexican government immigration office near the port of entry between Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and Nogales, Ariz., wait day after day for appointments with U.S. immigration agents so they can enter. As a result of the Haitian influx and a continuing surge of Central Americans on the Texas-Mexico border, the U.S. government has run out of detention space.  John Burnett/NPR

npr.org - by John Burnett - November 23, 2016

Desperate Haitian immigrants have been massing along the U.S.-Mexico border for months seeking humanitarian relief. In the past year more than 5,000 have sought entry into the United States — a 500 percent increase over the previous year . . .

 . . . But the U.S. welcome mat is gone, and the new wave of Haitians is in for a harsh reception.

The Homeland Security Department announced new rules in September. All Haitians who show up at the border without papers and who don't ask for asylum are now detained . . .

 . . . In recent months, the total number of immigrants in detention has jumped to 41,000. Normally, it's between 31,000 and 34,000.

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Haïti-Matthew : Un profond cri d’alarme en faveur de la Grande Anse, lance l’ancien sénateur Maxime Roumer

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alterpresse.org - 5 Novembre 2016

P-au-P, 04 nov. 2016 [AlterPresse] --- L’ancien sénateur et candidat au sénat Jean Maxime Roumer, également recteur de l’Université de la nouvelle Grande Anse (une partie du Sud-Ouest), lance un cri d’alarme « extrême » aux autorités étatiques, pour qu’elles viennent en aide aux sinistrés de ce département, un mois après le passage (les lundi 3 et mardi 4 octobre 2016) de l’ouragan Matthew.

Les personnes sinistrées, notamment dans les zones situées dans les mornes, n’ont reçu aucune aide depuis presqu’un mois, rapporte l’ancien sénateur, invité à l’émission TiChèzBa, prévue pour être diffusée les samedi 5 et dimanche 6 novembre 2016 sur la station en ligne AlterRadio (samedi : 7:00 am, 3:00pm ; dimanche : 7:00 am, 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm).

« C’est quelque chose d’atroce. Il n’y a ni abri, ni nourriture dans les mornes. C’est une situation terrible », déplore-t-il.

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Haiti-Matthew: A Deep Cry of Alarm for the Grande Anse, Launches Former Senator Maxime Roumer

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Flood - Les Cayes, Haiti

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