The Canadian government has committed 2 million Canadian dollars (nearly USD2 million) more to help stem the spread of cholera in Haiti. The funding will be channeled through World Vision Canada and Médecins du Monde Canada.
With the donation, Canada’s total aid specifically for the treatment and prevention of cholera in Haiti has climbed to 7 million Canadian dollars, according to a Dec. 3 press release by the Canadian International Development Agency.
Canada’s announcement came as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “a massive and immediate international response” to the epidemic now gripping the impoverished Caribbean country.
In his remarks before the U.N. General Assembly last Friday, Ban specified the urgent need for more cholera treatment centers as well trained medical and nonmedical personnel to run these facilities. He also said Haiti needs another 350 doctors, 2,000 nurses and 2,200 support staff in the next three months, citing estimates by the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization.