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Cholera in Haiti: Partners in Health on PBS NewsHour

December 5, 2012 by
 
 
 
 
 

Watch Long After Earthquake, Haiti Still Endures Cholera Epidemic on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

 

Last night on PBS NewsHour, Fred de Sam Lazaro reported on the challenges to treat a disease not seen in Haiti for more than 100 years. Partners in Health and its hospital was featured.

Watch above. Here’s an excerpt:

“After Haiti suffered a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, experts believe aid workers accidentally brought cholera to that nation, spreading due to unsanitary conditions. The epidemic has made 600,000 Haitians ill and 7,500 dead.

DR. DAVID WALTON, Partners in Health: Cholera endemic to the region, to the country is the last thing that they needed. Permanent solutions need to be put in play to be able to really stem the tide of this epidemic that is still ongoing.

FRED DE SAM LAZARO: He says cholera’s persistence is a proxy for a much larger rebuilding effort that’s fallen short, one that should have provided far more access to clean water and sanitation.

DR. DAVID WALTON: On a scale of A. through F., it’s a D”.

 
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