The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) will provide $500,000 from its technical cooperation resources to finance the installation of water and sanitation connections in primary healthcare centers in Haiti, under Haitiâ€™s new National Plan for the Elimination of Cholera 2013-2022.
PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne announced the new funding during Haitiâ€™s official launch of the plan last week. The plan outlines $2.2 billion in investments in water and sanitation infrastructure, epidemiological and microbiological surveillance, health-care management, and health promotion and hygiene over the next 10 years. It budgets $485.9 million in investments over the next two years (2013-2015).
â€œThis plan, when implemented, can and will finally halt cholera transmission in Haiti and ensure that any future introduction of the disease can be quickly controlled,â€ said Etienne. â€œBut for the plan to be implemented, Haitiâ€™s friends in the international community must align their efforts and harmonize around this plan and provide the necessary financial resources.â€
PAHO/WHOâ€™s contribution of $500,000 will support efforts to improve health care for cholera patients, a particularly urgent challenge due to the departure of many nongovernmental organizations and because of an increase in new cases in early 2013, following heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy. The number of specialized cholera treatment centers has declined 42% over the past year, and many remaining centers lack fundamental water and sanitation connections, which can contribute to the further spread of cholera.