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Haiti Decries Lack of International Funds to Fight Cholera

Port au Prince, November 22 (RHC) - The Haitian government on Thursday complained about the lack of international funding and aid to fight cholera in the poverty stricken Caribbean nation.

In statements to reporters on Thursday, Haitian Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume, said most donor countries have failed to deliver on their promise to help Haiti fight cholera, making it difficult to combat the disease.

International agencies have only transferred 25 million U.S. dollars to the nation to combat cholera, the minister said in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince.

Some 238 million dollars in promised aid were never delivered, Guillaume said, adding she was also waiting to find out how much aid would be earmarked for Haiti by a new UN program that will also help the Dominican Republic, which shares the Island of Hispaniola with its embattled neighbour.

Since cholera first broke out in Haiti in October 2010, it has claimed 8,352 lives and infected more than 684,000 people, with a total of 380,855 people hospitalized between October 2010 and October 2013.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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