The cholera epidemic in Haiti has highlighted the international community's historic lack of attention to water and sanitation. Water and sanitation coverage in Haiti has stagnated for decades in the lowest in the Western Hemisphere, far behind the average of average countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. One third of the people lack access to safe water and only a quarter have private latrines. Without these services, the Cholera quickly spread following the outbreak in October 2010, affecting more then 719,000 people and causing 8,700 deaths...Continue reading this article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pedro-medrano-rojas/clean-water-and-strong-in_b_6510336.
Summary: -no attention was brought towards Haiti and there lack of clean water and sanitation -this affected 719 000 people and caused 8700 deaths -because of the 2010 earthquake Haiti received more than 10.5 billion in development assistance and humanitarian aid between 2003 and 2012 -this has helped reduce extreme poverty, childhood malnutrition and HIV/AIDS rates and increased access to education -the government created a 10 year plan for Haiti for the Elimination of Cholera which requires $2.2 billion, of which 90% supports clean water and sanitation -more than $407 million has been received in pledges -the help they received with clean water and sanitation also reduced cholera and also other waterborne diseases, such as acute diarrhea (a major killer of children under five in Haiti) -in 2010 the government only provided Haiti with 9% of the $6 billion that was donated for Humanitarian and recovery aid -Haiti still needs help resolving these issues
Our Opinion on this Issue:
The work that has been received in Haiti for clean water and sanitation is a great step in helping these third world countries. Although progress is being made, it is still affecting an enormous amount of people worldwide. We believe more attention and work should be brought to helping resolve this issue, due to the fact that clean water and sanitation is linked towards all the other pillars.
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