By Wedlyne Jacques, AlterPresse | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. No water from the taps of Cap Haitien residents since early 2012. And they must walk several kilometers to reach a source of water. Some people report that they wake up as early as 2:00 to 5:00 am to queue for half a day to buy water that is not even fit for drinking. (English | French)
Press Release from Cuban Ministry of Public Health, Granma, Cuba Debate. With epidemiological vigilance, public education, and appropriate treatment, Cuban public health workers completely ended in two months what might have become a major cholera epidemic and limited a cholera outbreak to three deaths and 417 cases. (English|Spanish)
By Kate Beioley, Argentina Independent | Staff, Los Andes. Two men, rural producer Francisco Parra and chemical-application person Edgardo Pancello, were sentenced in the Cordoba Criminal Court of Argentina to three-year prison terms for use of the agrochemicals endosulphin and glyphosate in the barrio of Ituzaingó Anexo. So far, 200 cases of cancer have been discovered in the barrio, 100 of these fatal. (English | Spanish)
By Staff, AHP | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Medical School of the Dr. Aristide Foundation University (UNIFA), in the neighborhood Tabarre in Port-au-Prince, opened its enrollment on Wednesday August 1 for the new class in the coming academic year. The University’s Director of Studies Dr. Peter Gaetchen announced that registration for the first year will run until August 14, and the entrance examination will be held on August 20. (English | French)
PRESS RELEASE, UN via RadioTV Caraibes | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The heads of the UN peacekeeping missions forces in the Congo (MONUSCO), Haiti (MINUSTAH) and South Sudan (MISNUSS) said today to keep in mind that these operations have broad mandates: from classical peacekeeping to conflict mitigation, and even the fight against cholera. (English | French)
By Amelia Duarte de la Rosa, Granma | YouTube. Twenty-two new graduates from Havana’s Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), originating from Peru, El Salvador, Bolivia and Ecuador, have arrived in Haiti on an internationalist mission. A total of 387 ELAM graduates have undertaken medical missions in Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake. They will work alongside the Cuban Medical Brigade to provide medical attention and preventive and rehabilitation services for Haitians, while specializing in comprehensive general medicine.
By David Moberg, In These Times | Haiti Chery. Nurses around the world are calling for a tax on financial sector speculation, which caused the ongoing crisis, so the proceeds may be used to reduce inequality, provide for health and other public needs, and create a healthy economy with full employment. At a Friday May 18 rally in Chicago kicking off the no-NATO protests, the nurses wore Robin Hood attire — red shirts and green caps — to demand the Financial Transaction Tax, also called the “Robin Hood Tax.”
Interview of Drew Aiken, Defend Haiti | stophaitideportations.org | Press TV, YouTube. The U.S. has resumed the deportation of about 50 Haitians per month to Haiti since January 2011. Some of the deportees get detained in Haiti, including 34 year-old Wildrick Guerrier who died in prison of cholera. Many deportees have medical conditions for which they cannot get care or have U.S.-citizen children in the States whom they cannot support. Human Rights groups are calling for a consideration of humanitarian factors and a stop to the deportations.
By Robert Engelman, Yale Environment 360. Demographers predict that the world population will climb to 10 billion later this century. Is this projected population reasonable, given the warming of the planet and the increasing pressures on supplies of food, water and life-sustaining ecosystems including pollinators?
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery (English) | Renaud Piarroux and Claire Hedon, Priorite Sante (French). Contrary to the daily predictions of mayhem from the mainstream press about Haiti’s cholera epidemic, Dr. Renaud Piarroux, who has access to up-to-date medical information and laboratory results about the epidemic, says it is waning and now exists only as a series of clusters in the North of the country. Based on his extensive experience in controlling epidemics of tropical diseases, he adds that cholera could be completely eradicated from Haiti in a few months, but not by the oral vaccination campaign promoted by Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population. (English | French)
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. A medical trial in Haiti — presumably of the oral cholera vaccine Shanchol — on poor women and children is being presented as a vaccination campaign. To avoid possible abuse it is essential that the Declaration of Helsinki guidelines be followed. The medical trial should be monitored by a panel of impartial observers; potential medical subjects should be advised of their rights, including the fact that they are entitled to informed consent, health monitoring, and participation that is voluntary, without coercion and with the option to withdraw at any time. UPDATES: April 12, Additional information about involvement of Harvard scientists in promoting oral vaccines for Haiti. April 17, Information on Shanta’s manufacture of the pentavalent vaccine Shan5 recommended for recall and destruction by the World Health Organization.
By the World Medical Association. Guidelines for all research on humans include a requirement to inform potential human subjects of their right to abstain or withdraw consent at any time. Potential subjects must be informed of the purpose, methods, funding sources, conflicts of interest and benefits of the research, as well as the risks of possible side effects. The guidelines also require researchers and their publishers to supply complete and accurate information on their findings, including negative results. (English | French)
By Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute | Andrew Kalinchuk, Green Home Authority | You Tube | Haiti Chery. Grassroots campaigns, often inspired by the expanding movement to buy locally produced food, are leading United States municipalities to allow limited numbers of hens within city limits. You get fresh eggs pretty much on demand and know the chicks are raised in a supportive and loving environment.
By Julio Godoy, IPS | You Tube | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Five prematurely born children died in the northern German city of Bremen from infections acquired in a hospital. The infections involved highly antibiotic-resistant bacteria detected in poultry sold in markets, and the hospitals are believed to have acquired these bacteria from patients who had been in contact with the contaminated poultry. (English | Spanish)