Malaria targeted at Haiti, Dominican Republic crossroads

Jesuit Refugee Service provides humanitarian assistance to Haitian refugees and migrants dwelling along the Haitian border with the Dominican Republic. From our field office in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, JRS works to help prevent forced repatriation along the Haiti-Dominican Republic border; to welcome repatriated migrants, and to reduce the number of human rights violations.

The Associated Press reports on Jovind Fritzner, who oversees the Ouanaminthe’s malaria prevention program. The AP says

“He is a key player in the long fight against the mosquito-born illness on the two-nation island of Hispaniola, malaria’s last outpost in the Caribbean. An estimated 30,000 Haitians were infected this year and several thousand more across the border in the Dominican Republic. Former President Jimmy Carter will visit the two countries Wednesday in hopes of spurring their leaders to join an island-wide pact to fight the disease.”

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