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Monday, November 8, 2010

Do health policies and international politics mix?

  This AP story on the recent cholera outbreak in Haiti asks an important question: Is it health or politics that is governing the decision-making process on that island? You cannot have policies without the accompanying politics, of course, but Haitians are appropriately asking whether local and international authorities are doing their best to get to the bottom of what caused the spread of this deadly disease. Some suspect that U.N. peacekeeping soldiers brought the infection from Nepal. See this CDC site for details on cholera in general, and this site for updates on the cholera epidemic in Haiti.
  Here's another good story on the Council on Foreign Relations website by a Pulitzer winning former reporter, now a fellow with the council, on the same subject.

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