UN expert calls for shift in focus of help from camps to reconstruction in Haiti

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 26 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6056
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

The top UN independent expert on internally displaced people has called for a shift in focus of humanitarian operations in Haiti from the temporary camps set up since the earthquake to the reconstruction of the country’s slum areas.

“That way, the entire affected population has equal access in accordance with needs, and people are not drawn into unsustainable camps,” said Walter Kälin, the UN secretary general’s representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons, after an assessment mission to Haiti.

Professor Kälin was speaking near the beginning of the cholera outbreak, which, by Tuesday, as the BMJ went to press, had killed more than 250 people (BMJ 2010;341:c6057, doi:10.1136/bmj.c6057). …

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