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Race to Resilience Public/Private Consortium Cholera Initiative

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The mission of this working group is converge the efforts of the international organizations, NGOs and government agencies to combat the cholera epidemic in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and beyond.

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New Partner Organizations Back Water and Sanitation Investments to Eliminate Cholera from Hispaniola                                    (CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT)

Washington, D.C., 29 June 2012 (PAHO/WHO) – Representatives of international and civil society organizations today agreed to promote major investments in water and sanitation infrastructure in Haiti and the Dominican Republic as the long-term solution to the cholera epidemic in those countries.

Video - Laurent Lamothe Meets the American Red Cross to Engage Pledged Moneys in Benefiting the Haitian People Now

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"There are two objectives for meeting the Red Cross.  The first objective is to thank the Red Cross for all the efforts deployed in Haiti during the earthquake.  The second objective is that the Red Cross collected more than 1.13 billion dollars for Haiti and there are still several hundred million left.  So we came here with our team to discuss our priorities and where we would like the Red Cross to allocate these funds that they have for Haiti according to the priorities of the Haitian government and the Haitian people.  We came to talk to them, work alongside with them according to the priorities of the Haitian people."

youtube - June 13, 2012

CDC Study Shows Haiti Cholera Has Changed, Experts Say It Suggests Disease Becoming Endemic

The Washington Post - Associated Press - May 3, 2012

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The cholera strain in Haiti is evolving, researchers reported Thursday, a sign that it may be taking deeper root in the nation less than two years after it appeared and killed thousands of people.

The study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the bacterium is changing as survivors acquire at least some immunity to the original bug, which apparently was imported from Nepal.

Cholera experts also say such a development is expected and has happened in cholera epidemics around the world.


Notes from the Field - Identification of Vibrio cholerae Serogroup O1, Serotype Inaba, Biotype El Tor Strain — Haiti, March 2012

Cholera Solutions for Haiti

submitted by Shelly Chvotzkin

Letter to the Editor - by Curt Welling - The New York Times - April 5, 2012

To the Editor:

Global Failures on a Haitian Epidemic” (front page, April 1) draws long-overdue attention to the health crisis in Haiti.

Eradicating cholera is a goal that requires a billion-dollar investment in water and sanitation. Until such an infrastructure can be built and managed, we must partner with Haitians to provide medicines and supplies needed to treat and prevent this devastating disease. Fighting cholera has been the top priority of AmeriCares in Haiti from the onset of the outbreak.

While some aid organizations were slow to respond or have scaled back their cholera programs, others — including AmeriCares — reacted quickly and have expanded efforts. We had cholera medicines and hygiene supplies in stock when the first case was confirmed, and within 24 hours an emergency shipment was en route to the hospital in St. Marc.

Cholera control may still be several years away in Haiti. In the meantime, we can reduce the suffering.

President and Chief Executive
Stamford, Conn., April 2, 2012

Video - Water In The Time Of Cholera: Haiti's Most Urgent Health Problem

Credit: John Poole, Richard Knox, Jane Greenhalgh

submitted by Anwar Huq

NPR - by Richard Knox

In the teeming city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, millions of people have no reliable water supply.

Many of the underground pipes that did exist were ruptured by the 2010 earthquake. Many public water kiosks are dry.

So life for most people is a constant struggle for water. And now that cholera has invaded Haiti, safe drinking water has become Haiti's most urgent public health problem.

  • Cholera Infections Rising Again in Haiti as Rainy Season Begins, Highlighting Urgency for NGOs, Agencies to Redouble Their Efforts, CEPR Co-Director Says


    "Groups Must Do Their Best to Avoid a Repetition of Last Year’s Tragic Increase in Preventable Deaths"

    For Immediate Release: April 3, 2012
    Dan Beeton, 202-239-1460

    Global Failures on a Haitian Epidemic


    A child played and a woman washed clothes at the river tributary in Meille that is believed to be the source of the cholera epidemic.  Damon Winter / The New York Times

    by Deborah Sontag - The New York Times - March 31, 2012

    [The following quotes are excerpts from this important 9 page article.]

    . . . "And, as the deaths and continuing caseload indicate, the world’s response to this preventable, treatable scourge has proved inadequate. Cholera, never before recorded in Haiti, stayed one step ahead of the authorities as they shifted gears from the earthquake recovery. While eventually effective in reducing the fatality rate, the response was slow to get fully under way, conservative and insufficiently sustained." - [from page 1] . . .

    . . . Those who now find the official response sluggish — “daily” epidemic surveillance is posted after a delay of weeks — point to what happened recently in Pestel in southwest Haiti.

    On Dec. 10, a severely dehydrated man showed up at the cholera treatment unit. The man was too far gone to be resuscitated, said Dr. Seneque Philippe, the physician in charge.

    €3 Million More Allocated by the European Commission to Haiti

    European Commission Press Release - December 23, 2011

    Reference:  IP/11/1601

    "So long as Haitians need us, we'll be there": The European Commission allocates further funds for Haiti

    Brussels, 23 December – As the two-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010 approaches, the European Commission has allocated a further €3 million to the 2011 humanitarian aid budget for the country, bringing the total of humanitarian funding by the European Commission in 2011 to €38.5 million.

    Despite significant progress over the last 2 years there remain many challenges to reducing the vulnerability of the population. Hundreds of thousands are still homeless because of the earthquake and the population as a whole is at risk of cholera.

    Mexico Offers Cooperation in Fight against Cholera - December 24, 2011

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( - The Mexican government said in the context of strengthening bilateral relations with Haiti, it has sent a large cache of cholera treating items to the Haitian government and hopes to build clinics, send health caravans and offer vocational training in the future.

    One hundred (100) barrels of calcium hypochlorite and five hundred thousand (500,000) latex gloves were handed to the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) by the Mexican ambassador accredited to Port-au-Prince, Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno and the ambassador for cooperation, Daniel A. Cámara Ávalos.

    The gift was received by the Haitian Minister of Public Health and the Population, Florence D. Guilliame, on Friday, December 23.


    Platform of Haitian Human Rights Organizations (POHDH) - Position of the Oral Vaccine Against Cholera - December 29, 2011

    Health Diplomacy Monitor

    submitted by Albert Gomez

    The Health Diplomacy Monitor aims to report and inform readers about international negotiations currently underway which have a significant impact on global health. The objective is to “level the playing field” by increasing transparency and making information about the issues and proposals being discussed more readily available.

    Distributed electronically five times a year and free of charge, the Monitor seeks to facilitate the active participation and constructive engagement of a wider diversity of countries and actors in health-related negotiations. The Monitor is published by the Centre for Trade Policy and Law and receives financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation.


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    Diaspora (May 17 - 19) Washington DC

    The Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, in collaboration
    with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Migration
    Policy Institute (MPI), is organizing an action-oriented Global Diaspora

    The goal is to:

    * Recognize and celebrate the contribution of Diaspora communities to
    America’s relationship with their countries of origin or ancestry;
    * Foster Diaspora-centric partnership models;
    * Encourage intra-Diaspora collaboration and learning.

    The Forum will take place over three days (May 17 - 19). While Forum
    attendance is by invitation, every effort is being made to deploy social
    media and online tools to make the Forum accessible to as wide an audience
    as possible. We are seeking sponsors and partners to host related but
    independent events in Washington, D.C., during the week of the Forum. If you
    are interested in hosting an event that supports the aims and objectives of
    the Secretary’s Global Diaspora Forum, please contact

    I learned about the above info from a group on Facebook.

    Alister Wm Macintyre (Al Mac)

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    Introduction of New Members

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    Proposed Managing Partners

    Fiscal Agent

    San Diego State University 

    Large Primary:  

    University of Maryland Center for Health Security and Infrastructure

    Global Health Initiatives


    Health Initiatives Foundation, Inc. 

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    Proposed Operating Partners

    The core partners would consist of central entities in the following sectors. This is a partial list below:


    International Organizations






    Governmental Organizations 

    Ministry of Health, Haiti 

    Ministry of Health, DR 

    Ministry of Health, Cuba 

    Ministry of Health, Brazil 

    Ministry of Health, Venezuala

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