November 19th, 2010
09:58 PM ET

Medical group blasts response to Haiti cholera outbreak

While the United Nations warned that protests were hampering efforts to save lives in the Haiti cholera outbreak, a leading non-profit group lashed out at organizations for what it called an "inadequate" response.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (in English, Doctors Without Borders) issued a blistering critique Friday that said shortfalls in resources have hampered efforts to stem the tide of disease, which has claimed at least 1,100 lives and infected another 20,000 people.

"More actors are needed to treat the sick and implement preventative actions, especially as cases increase dramatically across the country," Stefano Zannini, the charitable medical group's head of mission in Haiti, said in a statement Friday.

"There is no time left for meetings and debate - the time for action is now."


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  1. duke

    Not according to the chosen people of America!
    According to the chosen one's it's the haitians fault,
    I wonder why after all the years of giving poor governments money supposedly meant for the people,it's never followed up??And showed just how this money helped??And if this money is just being spent on the pockets of a few?
    Or is there a way for these monies to be invested in something/anything that can make money??
    You know the whole teach a man to fish!!
    It can be done..

    November 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. goat

    Okay, so the UN aid can't reach them because of blockades. So why blame the UN for not reaching them?

    November 20, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Vito

    Those Evil, Dishonest U.N. people..... Just like them to spread disease and death!! Yet, if they do withdraw as requested, the World Community will condem them for it. I think the phrase "Damned if we do, Damned if we don't" comes to mind.

    November 20, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jim Brieske

    duke. So it's the white money giver's fault for not checking on how the black people of Haiti are spending aid money to make sure it gets to the needy. You are an ignorant fool who should limit his blame to black men only.
    Haiti is an ungreatful money pit. Lazy men who should have cleaned up the place already.
    Let the Dominican Republic help them. They are neighbors.

    November 20, 2010 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
    • PopeBentDick

      and you re not Lazy
      lose some weight
      OBESE American Hot Dog eater
      choke on a Hot Dog will you

      November 26, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. God

    Don't make me come down there and smite thee.

    November 20, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • PopeBentDick

      i the pope telling you that Religion is folly

      November 26, 2010 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |

    score.. mother nature 1100 haiti 0

    November 20, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim Morrison

    When will we learn ?? End Foreign Aid and spend that money on the truly needy in the USA.

    November 20, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim Brieske

    All foreign citizens should pull out of Haiti. Before we leave we give the Haitian government 10,000 M16s with one million rounds. Then tell them, force your men in the camps to work. Also give them one plane full of rice, canned vegetables and canned chicken. Tell them we have aerial photos of the earthquake mess. We'll check back on the 1st day of each month after flying over on the last day of each month to see that cleanup progress has been made. If not, you get no more food. If so, you get another month's supply of food for the cleanup workers.
    Keep doing that month after month. These people must be forced to work.
    Also tell the President of Haiti if any food is stolen by him, you will gladly seperate his head from his shoulders. This is about saving one million people by getting them out of tents before the hurricane hits. Land must be cleared in 6 months and buildings built quickly but safely.
    If not leave them there in the tent camps to face 140 mph wind and water.
    Cholera is their least danger.

    November 21, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • PopeBentDick

      your entire family should be placed in a Korean prison camp and be forced to work with half a loaf of bread a day

      November 26, 2010 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • PopeBentDick

      Suck on the pope sugar cone

      November 26, 2010 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
    • PopeBentDick

      Suck on the pope s rod

      November 26, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. hdlv

    Indeed the outbreak of cholera in Haiti is tragic however how can anyone feel confident in making a contribution to a rescue effort that ultimately is thwarted by such a fundamentally corrupt "government" is beyond me. Sadly it appears to be a small island nation that is cursed with greed, apathy, misplaced rage and fatigue. From my vantage point, unless and until Haitians themselves rise up and demand a meaningful path toward another way of life, they will continue to live as they do. Short of sending in multinational armies to regain order, Haitians will likely suffer for many decades yet to come.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. E. Holyfield

    You much as I hate to say it...Jim is right to an extent as well as hdlv.
    Pope...well...pope is just a fool.

    December 2, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |