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Access to water, pending resolution in Haiti
Almost half of the Haitian population lacks a drinking-water source within 500 metres of their home, according to United Nations data. That is the maximum distance that is defined as access to water according to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. A reality that ACUSTER has known closely on its many trips to this Caribbean country.
The other serious water problem in the region is the lack of sanitation, a fact that has dire consequences on the health of its population. From 2010 to 2018 cholera claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people and affected more than 800,000.
In cities like Jacmel, in the south of the country, some projects have been carried out that have improved the situation, but in others, such as in the capital, Port-au-Prince (with more than 3 million inhabitants), the problem is still a long way from being solved.
In its Planeta Futuro [Future Planet] section, the newspaper El País dedicated an extensive article to the complicated situation of access to water in Haiti.