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US$2.27 billion to help eradicate cholera in DR and Haiti

New York.– The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a US$2.27 billion initiative to help eradicate cholera in the  Dominican Republic and Haiti.

According to the UN Secretary General, bilateral and multilateral donors have  so far given US$215 million and the UN has committed another US$23.5  million for the initiative, which will mostly focus on improving clean  water and sanitation infrastructure.

At least 7,759 people have died in Haiti due to cholera since the outbreak  started in October 2010 and has been blamed on a unit of UN peacekeepers from Nepal. More than 420 have died in the Dominican Republic.

Ban said the Dominican Republic will require US$70 million over 10 years to  implement its cholera eradication plan, while Haiti alone will need US$500 million over the next two  years to implement its national cholera plan.

Source: Dominican Today

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