NEW YORK, 20th October, 2016 (WAM) — The United Nations has launched a new trust fund to support a co-ordinated system-wide response from the UN and its partners to help Haiti overcome its cholera epidemic and support the establishment of strong water, sanitation and health systems in the country.

According to a news release last Friday, outgoing UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, established the UN Haiti Cholera Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund to generate and manage resources to rapidly supply the UN system responses in the Caribbean country.

The Trust Fund will direct the resources contributed by donors to the highest-priority activities of the system-wide approach, focused on intensifying emergency response to address cholera transmission as well as ensuring rapid access to effective care and treatment in parallel with investments to build sound water, sanitation and health systems, the best long-term defence against cholera and other water-borne diseases.

UN Member States, regional bodies, inter-governmental organisations, businesses and individuals can make contributions to the trust fund.