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CARICOM to help Dominican Republic fight cholera

Santo Domingo.– The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) signed a declaration to become one of the latest partners in a new regional coalition on water and  sanitation for the elimination of cholera in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The  coalition was launched in Salvador, Bahia, in June of this year to  harness the necessary technical expertise, raise new funds, and mobilize previously committed pledges to fight cholera the Hispaniola island.

In  signing the declaration, CARICOM has pledged to support efforts by the  Domincan and Haitian governments to harmonize and  streamline international assistance and investments in water and  sanitation infrastructure aimed at eliminating cholera from the two  countries.

According to PAHO, even before the January 2010 earthquake, only 69% of Haiti’s residents had access to safe drinking water. Access to  sanitation had declined from 26% of the population in 1990 to only 17%  in 2010.

In the Dominican Republic, 86% of the population had access to  improved drinking water sources and 83% had access to improved  sanitation in 2010.

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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