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Violence hinders efforts to stem Haiti cholera epidemic as deaths continue to rise

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 16 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7259
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Efforts by Haitian and international health personnel to contain the cholera outbreak on the devastated island are being hampered by violence and widespread insecurity, top humanitarian officials and agencies say.

Violence and instability since the 28 November presidential and legislative elections, “has had a detrimental effect on the fight against the cholera epidemic,” says the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the regional arm of the World Health Organization.

Similarly, the European Union’s Humanitarian Affairs commissioner Kristilina Geogieva, said that insecurity in Haiti “is killing more people by preventing treatment than by violence in the streets.”

The Haitian ministry of health …

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