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Haiti Struggles to Stem Cholera as Rains Come Early
Health & Science

Haiti Struggles to Stem Cholera as Rains Come Early

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The number of Haitians infected by cholera has risen more than 300 percent in the past year as early rains, poor sanitation, and a lack of funding means the impoverished Caribbean nation struggles to stem the disease, the United Nations said. From January to April this year, 14,226 Haitians were…

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Haitian Government Inaugurates Family Nurse Practitioner Program
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Haitian Government Inaugurates Family Nurse Practitioner Program

After the earthquake, Dr. Carmelle Marie Bellefleur traveled to Haiti and saw firsthand the overwhelming need for healthcare. In 2010, Bellefleur and three fellow nurse educators founded Promoting Health In Haiti (PHH), a nonprofit dedicated to improving health and wellness for the people of Haiti by educating highly-skilled nurses.

On Apr. 27, the Haitian government inaugurated the organization’s Family Nursing Program (FNP) – a first for the country where there are currently no nurse practitioners. This title was an unfamiliar one for the Haitian government, Bellefleur says. They didn’t know the types of services they provide, the level of education needed, or how to compensate them.

UN Struggles to Stem New Rise in Haiti Cholera Cases
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UN Struggles to Stem New Rise in Haiti Cholera Cases

United Nations (United States) (AFP) – A deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti that experts say was introduced by UN peacekeepers from Nepal is on the rise, with hundreds of new cases registered weekly, a UN official said Thursday. Pedro Medrano, the UN coordinator for Haiti’s cholera outbreak, said years of work to beat back the…

Haitian Marine Biologist Wins Environmental Activism Prize
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Haitian Marine Biologist Wins Environmental Activism Prize

A Haitian marine biologist who successfully fought to create a national park to protect a large swath of Haiti’s north coast has won a prominent U.S. environmental activism prize.

Jean Wiener was awarded a Goldman Environmental Foundation prize for his efforts to establish the Caribbean nation’s first Marine Protected Areas while working with local communities to promote sustainable fishing practices and preserve mangrove forests.

Early Haiti Rains Bring Risk of Bleak Cholera Season
Haiti, Health & Science, News Out of Haiti

Early Haiti Rains Bring Risk of Bleak Cholera Season

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitian officials are reporting a spike in cholera cases late last year and carrying over into the first three months of 2015 as an early start to the rainy season has public health workers worried.
As of March 28, the Haitian Ministry of Health confirmed at least 11,721 cases of cholera, more than a 300 percent increase from the same period last year.

Rights Groups Urge Security Council to Address UN Cholera on Haiti Trip
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Rights Groups Urge Security Council to Address UN Cholera on Haiti Trip

As the United Nations Security Council prepares to travel to Haiti this week, human rights groups in Haiti and the United States are urging the delegation to address the worsening cholera crisis that has plagued Haiti since UN peacekeepers introduced the disease in 2010. Since then, cholera has sickened over 720,000 and killed 8,700 people in Haiti alone— more than the total number of people killed by Ebola worldwide over that span.

American Red Cross Issues Five-Year Update on Haiti Earthquake Work
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American Red Cross Issues Five-Year Update on Haiti Earthquake Work

WASHINGTON, PRNewswire-USNewswire — Five years after the 2010 earthquake, the American Red Cross has improved the lives of millions of Haitians by making families safer, healthier and more resilient to future disasters—all thanks to the generosity of donors. In its five-year update, the American Red Cross describes its continued work to ensure Haiti’s recovery is sustainable,…

Haiti AIDS Progress Highlighted With Opening Of New TB Treatment Center
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Haiti AIDS Progress Highlighted With Opening Of New TB Treatment Center

By Vania Andre

For 33 years, Dr. Jean William Pape has quietly led some of the most comprehensive AIDS research in the world. Unlike researchers affiliated with mainstream global health agencies like the World Health Organization (WHO), Pape’s work, which includes being the first to identify H.I.V / AIDS in the developing world, has remained mainly unrecognized by the general public.

Haiti Installs Anti-Ebola Border Controls
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Haiti Installs Anti-Ebola Border Controls

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) – Haitian authorities announced sanitary border controls Thursday to prevent Ebola cases from entering and spreading in the desperately poor country already in the grips of a deadly cholera epidemic. The Ministry of Health stressed, however, that “no case of the virus has been detected or revealed so far” in Haiti. But…

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