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Haiti's Earthquake Was Devastating. The Cholera Epidemic Was Worse. - FPIF


Haiti's Earthquake Was Devastating. The Cholera Epidemic Was Worse. - FPIF: In other words, Haiti’s infrastructure remains very much mired in the 19th century — and terribly susceptible to 19th-century diseases.

It didn’t have to be this way. In 1998, the Haitian government successfully obtained $54 million in loans from the Inter-American Development Bank — money earmarked to make much-needed improvements to the country’s water system. But the George W. Bush administration, angered by the left-leaning Haitian government then led by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, blocked the loans. “It is reasonable to draw a straight line from these loans being cut off to the epidemic that emerged,” says Dr. Evan Lyon of the Haiti-based Partners in Health.

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