Why Isn’t There Universal Support for Cholera Vaccine in Haiti?

In the coming weeks, Partners in Health plans to launch an unprecedented — and somewhat controversial — vaccination campaign against the disease.

Lascher says ultimately the way to eliminate cholera from Haiti is through building water and sewage treatment systems, but he says that could take years.

“While we’re waiting, we know that there’s a safe and effective oral cholera vaccine that can help prevent people from getting cholera again. Why wouldn’t we do that? I think it would be certainly expected anywhere else in the world,” he says.

But the vaccination proposal has been criticized by some Haitians and questioned by other aid agencies.

Partners in Health is planning to use a relatively new vaccine, Shanchol. And because of limited global supply of the drug, as well as logistical concerns, Partners in Health is only planning to offer it to 100,000 people — or just 1 percent of the Haitian population. READ MORE...

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