UN Launches New Fund on Cholera

IAS Prelims 2023

The United Nations has launched a new trust fund to support a coordinated system-wide response from the UN and its partners to help Haiti overcome the cholera epidemic and support the establishment of strong water, sanitation and health systems in the African country Haiti.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon established the UN Haiti Cholera Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) to generate and manage resources to rapidly supply the UN system responses in the Caribbean country.

The Trust Fund will direct the resources contributed by donors to the highest-priority activities of the system-wide approach, focused on intensifying emergency response to address cholera transmission as well as ensuring rapid access to effective care and treatment in parallel with investments to build sound water, sanitation and health systems, the best long-term defence against cholera and other water-borne diseases.

UN Member States, regional bodies, inter-governmental organizations, businesses and individuals can make contributions to the trust fund.

The new system-wide approach is also developing a proposal for a package of material assistance and support for those Haitians most affected by cholera.

Since the outbreak of cholera in the country in 2010, an estimated 780,000 people have been affected and more than 9,000 people have died.