Japan has donated millions to helping Haiti fight its ongoing cholera epidemic.
The Government of Japan gave a grant of more than US $2.6 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help reduce cholera-related morbidity and mortality in Haiti over the next 2 years.
The grant will help strengthen the U.N.’s efforts to control and monitor cholera outbreaks, improve its rapid response teams and case management, conduct surveys, and increase awareness of proper water hygiene.
Interventions will also be implemented across Haiti, especially in cholera-prone communities.
Haiti’s cholera epidemic – which is the largest in the western hemisphere, began after it suffered the devastating earthquake in 2010. Since then, more than 9,000 deaths have been attributed to the waterborne disease, that has affected more than 700,000 people.
In addition to the grant, Japan made 4 other donations to Haiti. Almost US$3 million went towards an education program and building 2 new schools, and another US$75,000 went towards basic healthcare and improved medical facilities.