In PIH Oral Cholera Vaccine Trial, Rights of Haitians Should be Respected

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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.

Pioneering Cholera Scientist Gives Thumbs Down to Oral Vaccines Promoted for HaitiUn pionnier scientifique du choléra dit que les vaccins oraux promus pour Haïti sont inutiles

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By Rashid Haider, Haiti Chery. Prof. Richard A. Finkelstein, an eminent microbiologist and Nobel-Prize nominee for his pioneering studies on cholera, advises that for cholera “the best solution resides in providing safe drinking water and sewage disposal.” In Dec 2010, alarmed by the oral vaccination plans for Haiti, he wrote to the health officials, including Jon Andrus, the Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) that the proposed use of Dukoral was “a useless and expensive waste of resources.” This vaccine was not adopted, but a campaign immediately started for the use of Shanchol, another questionable oral cholera vaccine. (English | French)

Warning: Haiti ‘Cholera Vaccination’ Campaign Will Involve AIDS Researchers | Avertissement: Des chercheurs sur le SIDA participeront à la ‘vaccination contre le choléra’ en Haiti

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | Staff ([jep kft gp apr), AlterPresse. According to Haitian Director General of the Department of Public Health and Population (MSPP), Gabriel Timothee, initial tests of a cholera vaccine are scheduled to start in Haiti in February in “disadvantaged areas” of Port-au-Prince and the Plateau Central [meaning on poor folk in Cite Soleil and the region most impoverished by the collapse of farming]. “Studies of the vaccination will be conducted in collaboration with a center called Haitian Studies of Kaposi syndrome and opportunistic infections (Gheskio) and Zanmi Lasante (Partners in Health, PIH).” This is worrying because Kaposi syndrome and opportunistic infections are associated with AIDS, not cholera. (English | French)

Oral Cholera Vaccines Cannot Control Haiti Cholera: Rebuttal to an Article in Scientific American

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By Rashid Haider, Haiti Chery | Editorial Comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. From the moment cholera appeared in Haiti, a series of “experts” started to promote oral cholera vaccines for the country in articles that did not require a declaration of conflicts of interest or a critical review by independent scientists who study cholera. Here Rashid Haider, who is knowledgeable about the cholera trials in Bangladesh and Peru, provides a devastating rebuttal of the most recent of such articles, which extensively quotes Paul Farmer and appeared in the January 12th issue of Scientific American. DC

The Truth About Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic: Interview of Dr. Renaud Piarroux by Dady Chery
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Dr. Renaud Piarroux led a team including Haitian epidemiologists that tracked Haiti’s cholera to the Nepalese MINUSTAH base in October 2010. One of the conclusions made by him and his team is that there must have been U.N. soldiers on the base visibly and seriously ill with cholera. Piarroux argues that Haiti’s cholera can be eradicated with vigilence, good waste treatment, and clean drinking water and suggests that the U.N. should pay the bill for this. DC (English | French)By Dady Chery, Axis of Logic. Renaud Piarroux, M.D., Ph.D.,led a team including Haitian epidemiologists that tracked Haiti’s cholera to the Nepalese MINUSTAH base in October 2010. One of the conclusions made by him and his team is that there must have been U.N. soldiers on the base actively and very seriously ill with cholera. Piarroux argues that Haiti’s cholera can be eradicated with vigilence, good waste treatment, and clean drinking water and suggests that the U.N. should pay the bill for this. DCBy Dady Chery, Axis of Logic. Renaud Piarroux, M.D., Ph.D.,led a team including Haitian epidemiologists that tracked Haiti’s cholera to the Nepalese MINUSTAH base in October 2010. One of the conclusions made by him and his team is that there must have been U.N. soldiers on the base actively and very seriously ill with cholera. Piarroux argues that Haiti’s cholera can be eradicated with vigilence, good waste treatment, and clean drinking water and suggests that the U.N. should pay the bill for this. DC

Why It Took Eleven Months Instead of Three Weeks to Show that Haiti’s Cholera Is Nepalese | Onze mois au lieu de trois semaines pour montrer que le choléra en Haïti provient du Népal
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. It took nearly a year to provide conclusive scientific proof that Haiti’s cholera came from Nepal because, despite an epidemiological link of the disease to a UN “peacekeepers” base full of Nepalese troops, scientists had not bothered to compare the cholera from Haiti to cholera from Nepal. (English | French)By Dady Chery, Axis of Logic. The only reason it took nearly a year to provide conclusive scientific proof that Haiti’s cholera came from Nepal is because scientists had until now not bothered to compare the cholera from Haiti to cholera from Nepal.By Dady Chery, Axis of Logic. The only reason it took nearly a year to provide conclusive scientific proof that Haiti’s cholera came from Nepal is because scientists had until now not bothered to compare the cholera from Haiti to cholera from Nepal.

Genocide in Haiti: Carelessness or Malice?

By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The United Nations and 42 non-governmental organizations (NGO) are asking to be paid about $600 for every Haitian to be contaminated with cholera. The exact numbers are $164 million for 270,000 Haitians to be contaminated. There is money in cholera.By Dady Chery, Axis of Logic. The UN and 42 NGOs are asking to be paid $607 dollars for every Haitian to be contaminated with cholera. That’s right. The exact numbers are 164 million dollars for 270,000 Haitians to be contaminated. Do the math. There is money in cholera.By Dady Chery, Axis of Logic. The UN and 42 NGOs are asking to be paid $607 dollars for every Haitian to be contaminated with cholera. That’s right. The exact numbers are 164 million dollars for 270,000 Haitians to be contaminated. Do the math. There is money in cholera.