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Haiti cholera response slammed as "inadequate"

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Haiti cholera response slammed as "inadequate"


The international response to Haiti’s deadly cholera outbreak is completely inadequate and woefully short of funding, according to aid groups.

The water-borne disease has now killed around 1,200 people in the earthquake-ravaged country.

A further 20,000 have been treated in hospital.

But the United Nations has only received a fraction of the 120 million euros it appealed for a week ago to combat the epidemic.

Anti-UN riots have disrupted those efforts. While popular claims that Nepalese peacekeepers brought the disease to Haiti are rejected by the UN, the fight to save lives goes on.

Cholera can kill in hours if not treated quickly.

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says Haiti’s government and international agences must do more, warning: “We alone cannot contain this outbreak.”

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