Haitian children hit by cholera, malnutrition

24 November 2022
2022-11-24 11:25

A cholera outbreak sweeping through Haiti is claiming a growing number of children amid a surge in malnutrition, UNICEF announced on Wednesday.

Cholera has killed more than 200 people since early October, and another 9,300 are hospitalized, according to Haiti's Health Ministry.UNICEF and Haiti's government are seeking at least $28 million to help feed, hydrate and care for 1.4 million people affected by the crisis.

The figure is expected to increase as malnutrition worsens, especially in urban areas like the Cite Soleil slum in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Haiti's government recently requested cholera vaccines, but there's a worldwide shortage of them and 31 countries are reporting outbreaks, so it's unclear if and when they will arrive.

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