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Haiti Cholera cases down but more help needed

Published:Monday | April 14, 2014 | 10:14 AM

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has called for renewed commitments from international partners and a roadmap for integrated health, water and sanitation investments in support of Haiti’s National Cholera Elimination Plan.



The number of cases has been dramatically cut since the beginning of the outbreak in October 2010 from a monthly average of more than 35,000 cases in the first year of the epidemic to around 4,900 in 2013.



However, the World Bank says Haiti still has the highest number of cholera cases in the world.



Speaking at a technical session with leading cholera experts during the World Bank Group and IMF Spring Meetings, Kim called for a renewed sense of urgency, more coordination and a clearer understanding of the remaining obstacles to stop the epidemic.



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