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President Clinton returns to Haiti to help in ongoing recovery

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • President Clinton will be in Haiti Friday for meetings on cholera awareness and Haitian reconstruction
  • Clinton was the U.N. envoy to Haiti who oversaw the aid mission after the January 2010 earthquake
  • The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is still active and working on creating economic opportunities in Haiti
  • USAID says cholera is on the decline in Haiti

(CNN) -- As Haiti still struggles to recover from a devastating earthquake that struck 15 months ago, former President Bill Clinton is once again headed there.

The former president, who oversaw the U.N. aid mission during the aftermath, is traveling to Haiti Thursday night, for several events on Friday, the Clinton Foundation said in a press release. He is scheduled to tour a school and launch a national cholera awareness campaign in the morning, then attend a board meeting for the Interim Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti in the afternoon.

Clinton has been involved in helping Haiti since soon after the January 12, 2010, quake. At the time, he was named a U.N. special envoy to Haiti.

President Barack Obama asked Clinton and former President George W. Bush to raise money for relief and recovery in Haiti. In response, the two former commanders-in-chief established the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which is still active. On the fund's website, it describes the mission:

"While the initial work of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund was focused on delivering emergency assistance, our efforts have now shifted towards promoting jobs and creating economic opportunities that will lead to long-term growth and prosperity for Haiti," it reads.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake killed about 316,000 people, and affected about 3 million of Haiti's 9 million residents, according to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

That agency's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance has been monitoring cholera and earthquake programs in parts of Haiti, and has discovered an "ongoing decrease" in cholera caseloads. USAID says one clinic operated by the International Medical Corps that treated an average of 140 severe cholera cases per week at the height of the outbreak now treats 10 mild to moderate cholera cases per week.