American Red Cross Commits $1 Million for Cholera Vaccinations

The has announced a $1 million commitment to support the distribution of Shanchol, a cholera vaccination delivered in two doses, to a hundred thousand people in Haiti.

The funds will be awarded as part of a $1.3 million led by , in Port-au-Prince, and the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population. The initiative is aimed at controlling and preventing the spread of cholera, which has claimed more than seven thousand lives since its outbreak in Haiti over a year ago.

Pre-qualified by the , Shanchol is believed to be 65 percent to 75 percent effective in protecting recipients for at least thirty-six months. The goal of the program is to protect some of the nation's most vulnerable citizens while assessing the feasibility of scaling up delivery of the vaccine on a national level.

"Support from the American Red Cross is essential to our delivering this safe, affordable, and effective oral cholera vaccine in Haiti," said Louise Ivers, senior health and policy advisor to Partners in Health and assistant professor of medicine at . "While access to clean water and sanitation systems is the ultimate solution to stopping the spread of cholera, we must utilize all tools available to help prevent continued needless deaths."

"." American Red Cross Press Release 04/11/2012.