SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

Cholera rates in Haiti fall to lowest since start of outbreak

Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced on Tuesday that the country saw the lowest confirmed cases of cholera in the first months of 2014 since the beginning of the outbreak there.

Lamothe gave the cholera update in Port-au-Prince during the first meeting of the High-Level Committee for the Elimination of Cholera in Haiti, a group comprised of members of the Haitian government and the international community through the U.N.

The latest report from April on cholera in Haiti showed that cases of the disease fell by 75 percent in the first quarter of 2014 over last year. Deaths from the disease were also below the 1 percent mark set by the WHO.

Lamothe also said that despite the progress made to reduce the amount of cholera cases in Haiti, all possible strategies needed to be explored to eliminate the disease entirely.

The Haitian government has a 10-year national plan to combat cholera, with a price tag of approximately $2.2 billion for large-scale development of sanitation and public health infrastructure

The U.N. is appealing for approximately $70 million over the next two years to address the most urgent areas in Haiti's national plan, particularly in the short-term containment of the cholera outbreak. Approximately half of those funds have been mobilized so far.