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VOA新闻杂志:联合国防治海地霍乱的筹资目标仅完成2%VOA慢速英语

2017-08-14 01:19 |  来源:咕噜英语 |  人气: | 


     
     
     Late last year, the United Nations promised to strengthen its fight against the spread of the deadlycholeradisease. U.N. peacekeeping troops unknowingly brought the disease to Haiti seven years ago.
     But, so far, a small amount of the estimated $400 million it needs over the next two years to fight the disease.
     U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote that the voluntary funding received so far makes up only 2 percent of its goal. It has received around $8 million in funding.
     The letter said that, as of February 8, Chile, France, India, Liechtenstein and South Korea together had promised almost $2 million. Outside of that fund, Japan has promised $ about $6 million.
     Guterres asked all member states to notify him by March 6 of their plans to helpfinancethe campaign.
      Haiti's current choleraepidemic. The disease spread near a U.N. base in October of 2010.
     Since then, more than 788, disease have been reported. At least 9,000 people have died.
     Last December, former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to Haiti's people, on behalf of the United Nations, " by the country's cholera epidemic."
     Two pathways
     The U.N. has two goals for the funding: reducing cholera and aiding victims. Its aim is to decrease the number of yearly cases from the current 30,000 to fewer than 10,000 by the end of 2018.
     It also plans to help all Haitians have clean drinking water andtoiletsby 2030. Right now, about 25 percent of the population owns or lives near toilets, the U.N.'s recent letter said.
     Vibrio cholerae bacteria spread through food and water polluted by an infected person'sfeces- or waste - in places with poor waste and health systems.
     Reparations considered
     The U.N. also plans to provide "material assistance" to aid Haitians most affected by the epidemic.
      supports Haitian cholera victims and their relatives. He told VOA that, at one point, half of the expected $ projects such as new hospitals and schools or direct payment to the families.
     But, since little money has been raised, Concannon said that some have warned the victims to lower their expectations. However, he said that "the cholera victims have a right to<under international law" obey this law.
     Holding out hope
     Gabriel Thimothé is general director of Haiti's Ministry of Public Health. He said Haitians "have not given up hope" that the U.N. will meet its funding goal.
     Right now, Thimothé said,dosesin so program.
     The ministry is also teaching the public good cleanliness practices and providing clean water.
     I'm Alice Bryant.
     And I'm Bryan Lynn.
     
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