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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Cholera battle will cost island nations €1.7bn

HAITI and the Dominican Republic will require $2.2bn (€1.7bn) over the next 10 years for an ambitious plan to eliminate cholera, an official from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has said.

The plan is due to be rolled out in a week or two and it outlines a government-led effort backed by the CDC, the Pan American Health Organisation and UNICEF.

It's still unclear who will pay for what would be the biggest endeavour yet to develop Haiti's barely existent water and sanitation system.

"This is the greatest public health intervention that could be implemented in Haiti, but it's a long-term strategy, it's not a fix tomorrow," said Dr Jordan Tappero, director of the Health Systems Reconstruction Office for the Center for Global Health.

Short-term goals include building water supply systems, sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants.

Irish Independent

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