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INTERVIEW: Rapid response team, funding, vital to eliminating cholera in Haiti – UN official

A rapid response mechanism is crucial to tackling an endemic disease such as cholera and eliminating it in Haiti, the deputy head of the UN mission there said today, emphasizing that the effectiveness of such efforts requires predictable financing.

INTERVIEW: UN health official discusses unprecedented vaccination campaign to tackle cholera in Haiti

The World Health Organization (WHO) Representative for Haiti, Jean-Luc Poncelet, today stressed that vaccines along with water chlorination programmes, and longer-term efforts to improve water and the overall health system are vital to fight the prevalence of cholera in the country.

UN hails ambitious Canada-Mexico-US partnership to fight climate change

The head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today hailed as “a major breakthrough” a recent announcement by Canada, Mexico and the United States that they will take sweeping action to achieve 50 per cent clean power generation by 2025 and cooperate on reducing disaster risk.

INTERVIEW: Amid progress in fighting cholera, UN official urges support to health-care system

While the incidence of cholera in Haiti has decreased by 90 per cent since an outbreak that began shortly after the devastating earthquake of 2010, more investment is needed in the country’s health-care system to fully eliminate the disease and address the country’s other health challenges, a top United Nations official today said.