Monday, June 6, 2011

PIH proposes Cholera vaccination campaign in Haiti

"As Haiti’s cholera epidemic enters its ninth month, the country’s rainy season has begun, further stressing and disrupting the country’s woefully inadequate water and sewage systems. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Haiti’s Ministry of Health, increasing numbers of people are falling ill and dying from the illness.

Debate about the public health response to the crisis has also been underway, with some experts arguing that a vaccination campaign in Haiti would be neither feasible, nor cost-effective. But a coalition of medical and public health researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, led by PIH co-founder Paul Farmer, argue that a universal vaccination campaign is essential to ending the crisis in an article published in the May 31st issue of the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases."

Read more:

Cholera vaccination an essential strategy for Haiti

Meeting cholera's challenge to Haiti and the world: A joint statement on cholera prevention and care