Haiti launches anti-cholera vaccination campaign

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Haitian government along with international partners including the World Health Organization launched a vaccination campaign against cholera on Saturday targeting 100,000 people in vulnerable areas of the impoverished Caribbean country.

The program was launched in the slum area of Cite de Dieu, in the Haitian capital, where health practitioners are going door-to-door to deliver doses to pre-registered recipients.

“I am very happy that I received the vaccine because now I will live my life with less anxiety,” Mariane Joseph told Reuters, after drinking the dose. “I have been waiting for this vaccine for a long time because we are exposed here to catching cholera.”

More than 7,000 Haitians have died of cholera since an epidemic broke out in 2010.

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation (link opens in a new window)

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