November 13, 2014 article originally posted to the UN News Center. Access the FULL article here.

The top United Nations coordinator for cholera response in Haiti, Pedro Medrano Rojas, considers support for initiatives to combat the disease has been “disappointing” so far, noting that while it may be possible to eliminate cholera in about a decade, at the current rate of funding, it would take more than 40 years to do the job.

According to Mr. Medrano, the cholera outbreak in Haiti that started in October 2010 has produced more than 707,000 suspected cases and over 8,600 deaths to date, and “will continue until health, water and sanitation systems are addressed.”

The Assistant-Secretary General remembers that, “like Ebola, cholera feeds on weak public health systems, and requires a sustained response."