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Brazil, Cuba join forces against Haiti cholera

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Brasilia (AFP) Nov 22, 2010
Brazil, Cuba and some Brazilian universities have joined forces to provide health care to cholera-ridden Haiti, including building a treatment center near its capital, the Brazilian Health Ministry said Monday.

The ministry said it signed agreements with Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and Federal University of Santa Catarina to set up a network of health clinics and train 2,340 health workers in Haiti.

"All the activities will be organized with the collaboration of health teams from Haiti and Cuba made up of doctors, nurses and epidemiologists," it said in a statement.

A separate agreement is expected to be signed later this week with Cuba and the World Health Organization to create a cholera treatment center in Carrefour, near Port-au-Prince, to contain the cholera epidemic, the ministry said.

Health workers are already being trained in Carrefour, it added, and Cuba will supply construction workers for the project and later doctors and nurses for the center.

The agreements are part of the humanitarian and financial aid package Brazil promised after Haiti's devastating January 12 earthquake that killed some 250,000 people and left 1.3 million people homeless.

The cholera epidemic that broke out in mid-October in northern Haiti has so far killed more than 1,300 people and infected more than 57,000, putting in question Sunday's presidential election.




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Fourth cholera case found in Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo (AFP) Nov 22, 2010
Authorities in the Dominican Republic, which shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with cholera-stricken Haiti, have discovered a fourth case of the disease, officials said Monday. Dominican Health Minister Bautista Rojas said the victim, a 20-year-old woman who resides in the region around the capital Santo Domingo, was being treated at a local hospital and was not considered to be in d ... read more

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