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Jamaica, Cuba, the UK sending medical teams


The big news of the week is FINALLY the world appears to be taking notice that cholera is rampaging through Haiti, and direct, hands-on, medical help is needed. While significant money has been pledged to Haiti, the direct funding and deployment of organized medical teams into Haiti to respond to the cholera outbreak has been lacking. This is beginning to change. On Monday, Jamaica announced they are standing up and deploying a medical team and support into Haiti. On Saturday Fidel Castro announced Cuba will be sending another 300 to increase their medical brigade to nearly1300 in Haiti. Also on Saturday, the UK has pledged support for 1775 people (115 doctors, 920 nurses and 740 support staff), and supplies, funded by UK taxpayers, to combat cholera in Haiti.

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