Belgium supports fight against cholera in Haiti
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders has decided to commit USD 350,000 to the United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund for the fight against cholera in Haiti. This decision comes in response to the appeal made in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution of 13th July 2017 and to the call for contributions made by the United Nations Secretary General, Mr Antonio Guterres, to UN Member States on 25th July.
Since 2010, 800,000 people have been infected with cholera in Haiti and 9,000 have died. This voluntary contribution will support the United Nations’ new approach to end this epidemic, namely:
- To intensify efforts to interrupt the transmission of cholera and improve access to care;
- To solve the longer-term problems of access to water, sanitation and the health system;
- To develop material aid to the victims, their families and communities.
This contribution is part of Belgium’s global policy, including in the United Nations framework, to provide reliable support to the poorest and most vulnerable countries on their way to peace, stability and development.
It comes on top of the one million euros in aid that Belgium decided a few days ago to commit to the reconstruction of the islands worst affected by Hurricane Irma, including Haiti.