Haiti launches vaccination campaign against cholera after much debate

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 16 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2748
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

A vaccination campaign against cholera has been launched in Haiti after months of medical and political argument. The final hurdle was approval for the programme from Haiti’s National Ethics Committee, which became involved after a local radio station charged that the campaign was an “experiment” in which the Haitian people were being used as guinea pigs.

The first phase of the campaign is targeting 50 000 people living in Port-au-Prince and will be followed by a further 50 000 in the Artibonite River valley, all of whom will be given the oral cholera vaccine, Shanchol, made in India. The organisers hope to show that it is …

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