The fact that the disease is still spreading is a reminder of how much more help Haiti needs and the consequences of continued neglect.
Technically, the challenge of containing the epidemic is simple enough. Haitians need clean water for drinking and washing. They need soap and bleach and access to medical care for rehydration when they fall ill. They need safe ways to dispose of sewage and shelter for when the rains worsen and cause streets and rivers to flood and cholera cases to spike.
For too many, the ingredients of tragedy remain stubbornly in place. Even as relief agencies are winding down their presence in Haiti, about 680,000 people are still living in camps and waiting for permanent shelter. Life in this setting is precarious, without adequate access to latrines and safe drinking water.This is a reminder that some populations have considerably more resilience to rebound from a disaster like this than do other populations. Decades of rapid population growth in Haiti helped to create an almost desperately poor and vulnerable population, and it is difficult to see what the future may hold for the country.