The Cholera Epidemic
In response to the Guardian blog called “Poverty Matters,” dated 07 Nov. 2011, I have to wonder what is being done with the foreign aid funding, and private organizational funding sent to help Haiti deal with problems left after the earthquake. Is it really being used for medical treatments for the multitude of its citizens afflicted with cholera, or is most of it going to administrative costs or elsewhere? Why aren’t Haiti’s leaders trying to build an infrastructure, which will provide clean drinking water and sanitation for the entire populace? Perhaps I can help others to understand why.
In countries like Haiti, there are basically two social classes. The majority of the population falls into the poverty-stricken class. The rest of the population of Haiti, that small minority, which consists of governmental bureaucrats, the extremely wealthy, and those who would turn a blind eye to the misery of the poor, control the fates of the poverty stricken. It is any government’s responsibility to provide for the welfare of its people, Haiti included. Funding will eventually dry up if the Haitian government does not take action to illustrate to the rest of the world that it is trying hard to help itself. The wealthy Haitian citizens have and control the funding necessary to help their neighbors in the aftermath of the earthquake, to combat this epidemic. According to the reporters from “The Guardian following the progress towards recovery of the island nation, over the past year, it appears that little has been done to ensure that those who have been cured of the cholera are not going to catch it again.” I feel that until Haiti’s leaders build up the afore-mentioned means to eradicate the epidemic, and prepare Haiti for future disasters. Haiti will continue to be a vast money pit for foreign and private funds, and will be permanently crippled in its attempts towards a stronger economic stance. Haiti’s current condition will prevent the country from ever standing on its own. I say use the money for what it was intended, help the afflicted, build an infrastructure which will provide for the health needs of the population and the epidemic will eventually be eradicated. The populace will be ready for the next disaster.