Cholera in Haiti

TitleCholera in Haiti
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBoxall, SF, Funke, RD, Myers, GA, Potthurst, A
Date Published09/2014
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractAfter the magnitude 7.0 earthquake, Haiti was in dire need of international help. In response to this need, thousands of peacekeepers around the world responded, and unfortunately accidently brought cholera with them. It is believed that a Nepalese peacekeepers was the souce of the original outbreak of the disease which caused around 8,000 deaths, and around 600,000 individuals to contract the disease between 2010 and 2013. When knowledge of the outbreak became known, rioters at a United Nations base in Haiti demanded the Nepalese troops leave. Recently a group of 5,000 Haitian cholera victims petitioned the UN, calling for large sums in reperations.  Some worry that if reparations are paid, some countries may not choose to deploy peacekeepers in the future for fear they will be sued for an unforseen concequence of their aid.
NotesCase from the 2014 Regional Ethics Bowl. Copyright 2014, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.
Audience LevelUndergraduate