U.N. calls for massive aid to fight Haiti cholera

Humanitarian officials for the United Nations are calling for "massive mobilization activities" to promote early treatment and prevention of the cholera epidemic in Haiti that has infected over 130,000 people and killed more than 2,760.  

"There is an urgent need for massive mobilization activities to promote prevention and dearly treatment," the officials said, according to "In addition, controlling the epidemic will depend on the level of access to safe water and basic sanitation and implementation of hygiene measures."

Some of the measures the U.N. hopes to provide include access to clean latrines and water in both cholera treatment centers and health facilities, as well as stronger coordination and access to health care. The U.N. World Health Organization has also developed a course for religious leaders and community members that will train them in cholera management.

Fatality rates have begun to decrease in most areas of the country since December 1, except for the southeast, where fatality rates rose from 12.9 percent to 13.8 percent between December 11 and December 18.

In early December, Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United Nations, asked for more funds to fight the cholera epidemic as an earlier $164 million appeal in November had only been 21 percent funded.