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Haiti's Deepening Cholera Crisis
Friday, 26 November 2010
Operational Biosurveillance sharply criticized America's CDC, saying it acted unprofessionally, spurning available peer-reviewed literature and operational experience. CDC also played an important role in advising US government organizations to withhold funding.
This is the latest update since Haiti's cholera outbreak, previous articles accessed through the following links, including the most recent on Sunday's sham election, an exercise in imperial control:
On November 24, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres - MSF) reported it continues increasing its efforts in response to Haiti's deepening crisis.
From October 22 to November 21, MSF teams treated 29,000 people in cholera treatment centers (CTCs), established in Port-au-Prince, Artibonite region (where the first outbreak occurred), North, and Northwest with a 2% or less case fatality rate.
A remarkable record showing that cholera is easily treated when done effectively in time. Otherwise, it's fatal, a major problem for growing numbers unable to access care, including because of heavy rain in some areas turning roads to mud.
On November 24, Al Jazeera headlined "UN revises Haiti cholera estimates," saying:
The UN's Haiti humanitarian coordinator, Nigel Fisher, expects "literally hundreds of thousands of cases. The medical specialists all say that this cholera epidemic will continue through months and maybe a year at least...."
On November 25, Haiti Libre reported 27,933 confirmed cases, 1,523 official deaths, and too little capacity to handle growing needs, saying:
Some human rights groups want Sunday's election postponed. Let Haiti Live's executive director, Melinda Miles, said:
Most pertinent is banning 15 political parties, including by far the most popular, Aristide's Fanmi Lavalas that would sweep to victory overwhelmingly if participated. It's why it's excluded, to assure imperial favorites are selected. Democracy is off the ballot in Haiti.
On November 23, Canada's CBC headlined, "Cholera help slowed by indecision: UN," saying:
On November 24, Haiti: Operational Biosurveillance (OB) provided its latest update, conservatively estimating "nearly 95,000 cases," the majority subclinical. Again, in many areas, they confirm an undercount of around 400%, saying:
OB sharply criticized America's Centers for Disease Control (CDC), calling its hubris well-known, a factor contributing to its inappropriate strategy for providing an infectious disease crisis warning. Moreover, CDC acted unprofessionally, spurning available peer-reviewed literature and operational experience. It played an important role in advising USAID and other US government organizations to withhold funding. It's how America treats poor people everywhere, including at home.
OB also held USAID and the State Department culpable for downplaying the gravity of the crisis, despite multiple professional briefings. Thomas Adams, Haiti Special Coordinator commented on the epidemic, saying "turn off the alarms." In other words, Washington has no intention to help.
The UN's Cluster System also failed, and the NGO community largely spurned its responsibility, OB citing:
In addition, OB criticized Haiti's government for "dereliction of duty," a November 17 AFP report providing a recent example, headlined, "Haiti's Preval urges calm as cholera toll soars."
His government failed to help earthquake and cholera victims. Preval stayed out of sight, largely invisible while Haitians suffer. Instead, on November 17, his recorded message said:
A shocking display of indifference and hypocrisy, reason enough why most Haitians despise him, his party, and government.
A Final Comment
Despite calls to postpone elections and address urgent cholera and earthquake priorities, Sunday's sham process will proceed. US ambassador Kenneth Merten affirmed it at a November 23 videoconference, saying:
One unidentified reporter challenged him, saying:
False, another example of America's big lie everywhere its imperial boot kicks hard, in this case violating Haiti's 1987 Constitution, guaranteeing free, fair and open elections.
Haiti, however, is a de facto US colony, militarized by proxy Blue Helmets, a repressive occupying force backed by Pentagon might when needed. US marines and other contingents are never far away, never shy about intervening, never reticent about smashing people, communities or countries, unconcerned about lawfulness, democratic values and social justice.
Haitians know it and their northern neighbor, stomping on them mercilessly for over 200 years, the Obama administration no different than its predecessors. It exploited Haiti's crisis, abandoning millions to suffer and perish from hunger, exposure, depravation, and disease, a testimony to American depravity.
The best from Merten was that Haiti had "a difficult year, (but) it is important that the political process move forward." Politics before people, capital before essential needs, America's imperial arrogance, Haitians paying the price.
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