On the streets of Haiti, untrained vendors make a living selling medications out of plastic buckets.   The illegal sales—sometimes of knockoffs, counterfeits and expired drugs—have led to dangerous situations for some Haitians.   As part of a National Geographic project…

The UN apologized publicly yesterday for its role in the spread of cholera in Haiti, but stopped short of acknowledging the source of the outbreak, Nepalese peacekeepers.   Speaking before the General Assembly yesterday, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said “We simply did not…

A month after Hurricane Matthew blew through Haiti causing at least 546 deaths, 800,000 residents are in desperate need of food, and the fight for scarce resources is undermining order, reports The Washington Post.  

The UN is trying to scrape together a $400 million package to compensate cholera victims in Haiti. The problem: It’s not yet funded, and the UN can’t escape criticism for avoiding legal responsibility for importing the disease—which killed about 9,500 Haitians—via its…

While many have focused on Haiti’s immediate post-Hurricane Matthew threats like cholera and tetanus, hunger is a serious concern, says Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer.   During his recent visit, a friend in the Ministry of Health told him the October 4 hurricane…

After Hurricane Matthew destroyed Rendel, Haiti, survivors are facing another horror: Cholera.   With devastating detail, New York Times reporter Azam Ahmed chronicles life and death in the remote town’s only cholera clinic where nurses facing 12-hour shifts struggle to…

A confirmed case in Haiti of the mosquito-borne virus Mayaro has health officials wondering if it will become the next Zika. In the November issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, CDC researcher Glenn Morris reports finding the disease—which is similar to dengue fever—in an…

Cholera is a main concern of relief staff scrambling to deliver lifesaving supplies in Haiti, a week after Hurricane Matthew slammed into the island, hitting at a time when cholera was putting a heavy burden on the nation.   “The top priority for people affected by the…

With some towns in Haiti wiped off the map by Hurricane Matthew last week, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called for a massive response—$120 million in aid for 750,000 people in need. As of yesterday, hard-hit areas were still without power, and local aid officials…

Hurricane Matthew left a broad tableau of devastation in Haiti, making old problems worse for those living in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.   The death toll is surging in the aftermath of the worst natural disaster to strike the nation since the earthquake…