Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s newly inaugurated president, and Cuban First Vice President Jose Ramon Machado have agreed to boost their joint support for Haiti as the Caribbean country continues to battle a cholera epidemic.
The agreement was reached during a bilateral meeting held Jan. 2, a day after Rousseff was sworn in as Brazil’s first female president, Cuba Headlines reports. The news agency says Brazillian and Cuban officials are set to meet in the next few weeks to explore how an existing trilateral agreement between Brazil, Cuba and Haiti can be used to help improve Haiti’s health system.
In April 2010, Brazil contributed USD80 million to a Cuba-led health program in Haiti, which includes the reconstruction and renovation of hospitals, construction of clinics and other health care facilities, provision of ambulances and launch of vaccination campaigns.
The International Medical Corps and Medecins Sans Frontieres have likewise pledged to boost their support for Haiti’s health sector. IMC said it will expand its initial health assistance to address new needs brought by the cholera outbreak while MSF committed to bolstering its ongoing cholera response operations.