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Haiti: Earthquakes

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 3 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to ensure that cholera does not break out in camps for displaced persons in Haiti. (315030)

Shortly after the earthquake struck on 12 January, the Department for International Development (DFID) announced £300,000 in funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for disease surveillance to help prevent epidemics.

Despite some increase in diarrhoea, tetanus and contagious diseases, comprehensive surveillance has not detected any major signs so far.

Our field team reports that co-ordination of the water and sanitation relief efforts continue to improve despite the scope and complexity of this response. To strengthen co-ordination, we have given £1 million to the UN Office for Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for co-ordination. This funding is helping to strengthen the efforts of implementing partners on the ground to address sanitation issues and reduce the risk of diseases such as cholera.