MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Haiti reaches several MDGs ahead of 2015 deadline

A new U.N. report said Haiti recently reached several of the Millenium Development Goals ahead of the 2015 deadline.

The country has seen a significant rise in enrollment rates in primary education-approximately 90 percent, compared to 47 percent in 1993, with equal participation from girls and boys, according to a U.N. press release.

Since the 2010 earthquake that resulted in 200,000 deaths, the U.N. report said 97 percent of debris has been removed, 11,000 families have been relocated and 50 camps housing the displaced have been shut down. More than 13,000 feet of river bank structures have been installed to protect against future flooding. Efforts by international groups and the Haitian government have helped to reduce the number of new cholera cases this year by 74 percent, even as rebuilding continues.

In 2012, the country's GDP rose to $1,602 per capita from $1,548 per capita in 2009. Extreme poverty stabilized at 24 percent in 2012, and a majority of Haitian households now have improved access to water, compared to just one-third of households in 1995.

Despite the improvements, sanitation, water and health systems remain inadequate, according to the U.N., and have enabled the persistence of cholera and other diarrheal diseases.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the U.N. would help the Haitian authorities expand sanitation efforts to the most remote areas of the country and to places where cholera remains rampant.

"Cholera rates are declining and the battle is slowly being won," Ban said. "We must, however, intensify these efforts. And we must focus on the wider quest to ensure access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation."