People cover their faces in the Dominican Republic because of the cholera outbreak. (Google Images)

Caribbean 360 is reporting that CARICOM has joined the fight against cholera devastating Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has signed a declaration to become one of the latest partners in a new regional coalition that will focus on shoring up water and sanitation infrastructure for the elimination of cholera in Hispaniola. The hurricane ravaged countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic have battled a massive cholera outbreak since the January 2010 earthquake that devastated the region. The goal of the coalition is to support the governments of Haiti and the Dominican Republic in streamlining international assistance to ensure universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The coalition is made up of  Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (AIDIS) in addition to the governments of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Read more at Caribbean 360.

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