The role of politician is an important and very public one. Despite the bad behavior of many of his colleagues, President Obama will likely inspire generations of young people to take on the profession to help progress our society. But, perhaps, the role of the diplomat needs to be more highly considered.
The cholera epidemic in Haiti has highlighted the international community's historic lack of attention to water and sanitation. Water and sanitation coverage in Haiti has stagnated for decades and is the lowest in the Western Hemisphere, far behind the average of other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.