In the fall of 2010, months after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, a new disaster began: a cholera outbreak that killed thousands of people and continues to sicken people across the country. Official numbers say that nearly 800,000 Haitians have been infected by cholera, and more than 9,000 have died. Although it was widely known that the source of the disease was a U.N. peacekeeping camp, it took the United Nations six years to admit its role. Since then, cholera victims and their allies have pushed the international community to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the fight against cholera, to reduce the health risks for vulnerable populations around the world, and to make significant improvements in public health globally.
In his new book, The United Nations and cholera in Haiti: guilty but not responsible, Dr. Ricardo Seitenfus tells a compelling story of how for eight years, the institutions in charge of protecting the vulnerable populations of Haiti against the attacks of bacteria, people, and institutions have completely neglected them. sounds the alarm by declaring the guilt of the global organization for the introduction of cholera in Haiti.
Dr. Ricardo Seitenfus will give a talk about his book, followed by a discussion with two panelists, Brian Concannon, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and Elizabeth Campa, chief of staff for the executive director, Loune Viaudand Senior Health and Policy Advisor for Zanmi Lasante (ZL). The panel will be moderated by Liana Rosenkrantz Woskie, Assistant Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute’s strategic initiative on quality.
Haitian food will be served.