Report on Haiti’s homeless camps and cholera

From Mark Schuller, seminar participant and York College/CUNY Faculty


This study is a fol­low up to the report, “Unsta­ble Foun­da­tions,” results of six weeks of research dur­ing the sum­mer of 2010, which argued that despite the bil­lions in aid pledged to Haiti, most of Haiti’s esti­mated 1.5 mil­lion IDPs lived in sub­stan­dard con­di­tions. For exam­ple, seven months fol­low­ing the earth­quake, 40.5 per­cent of IDP camps did not have access to water, and 30.3 per­cent did not have toi­lets of any kind. This lack of san­i­ta­tion ser­vices became the prime breed­ing grounds for ill­nesses just like cholera, which struck Haiti with great force. As of the end of the year, there were an esti­mated 170,000 cases of the ill­ness and 3600 deaths.

The report can be found here.