December 6, 2012
For over two years, the people of Haiti have been fighting a deadly cholera epidemic that has killed thousands and infected hundreds of thousands more. Independent scientific studies have indicated that this devastating outbreak was caused by a strain of cholera introduced to Haiti by United Nations troops. Cholera is a waterborne illness that is easily treatable, but for those who lack access to clean water and medical care, it can kill in a matter of hours.
The spread of cholera in Haiti can be halted if the international community works collectively to develop clean water and sanitation infrastructure for Haiti. According to media reports, a cholera elimination plan developed jointly by the Haitian government and UN agencies is about to be unveiled. In the next few days, we have the opportunity to press the UN to make sure that this plan receives full funding and international support to ensure that Haiti gets the infrastructure it needs to defeat cholera.
Please sign this important Avaaz petition to build momentum for decisive UN action to end cholera. The petition has been created by Oliver Stone, Filmmaker, in collaboration with Just Foreign Policy and with the worldwide Haiti solidarity movement, including the Canada Haiti Action Network. You can sign the petition to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon here:
Please forward this e-mail to your friends and colleagues, and ask them to take action!
Suggested twitter messages:
* The @UN brought #cholera to #Haiti - they should eliminate it! Sign this petition NOW to tell UN to take action: bit.ly/YPKrfl
* STOP killer #cholera in #Haiti! Sign this petition calling on @UN to provide #cleanwater & eliminate cholera in Haiti: bit.ly/YPKrf
* The @UN should take responsibility for bringing #cholera to #Haiti. Sign this petition to end it before 1000s more die: bit.ly/YPKrfl
Thanks, and let us know if you have any questions,
Canada Haiti Action Network
Phone 778 858 5179