December 6, 2010

A cholera epidemic and poor infrastructure and organization on the ground in Haiti have created an "alarming" situation in the small Caribbean nation, said a group of bishops meeting at the Vatican.

The council of bishops charged with monitoring and promoting follow-up to the 1997 Synod of Bishops for America noted "with concern the alarming social situation in Haiti in the wake of the earthquake" Jan. 12.

The current outbreak of cholera has aggravated an already difficult situation for Haitians, they said.

The generous outpouring of aid from foreign governments and Church organizations would reach those in need more effectively "if local agencies were better able to organize" the use and distribution of the aid, they said.