Respsonse to cholera outbreak called inadequate

While the United Nations warned that protests were hampering efforts to save lives in the Haiti cholera outbreak, a leading non-profit group lashed out at organizations for what it called an “inadequate” response.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (in English, Doctors Without Borders) issued a blistering critique Friday that said shortfalls in resources have hampered efforts to stem the tide of disease, which has claimed at least 1,100 lives and infected another 20,000 people.

“More actors are needed to treat the sick and implement preventative actions, especially as cases increase dramatically across the country,” Stefano Zannini, the charitable medical group’s head of mission in Haiti, said in a statement Friday. “There is no time left for meetings and debate — the time for action is now.”

Aid agencies have called the situation dire in Haiti, where the devastating January 12 earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and left about 1.5 million people living in congested and unsanitary makeshift camps. Compounding the problem is that Haiti’s already strained health system was virtually wiped out in the quake.


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