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Aid Flow To Haiti Improves As Seaport Opens, Airport Volume Dramatically Increases

Nine days after a major earthquake struck, “deeply needed aid streamed into Haiti’s ravaged capital in quantities that relief agencies said is a clear sign of progress,” the Miami Herald reports. Roads have been cleared, additional food and water distribution points are available and some new medical clinics are open.

SciDev.net Feature Addresses Nutrition, Food Security

SciDev.net includes a special feature on the challenges associated with meeting the nutritional and food needs of people around the world. Links to articles and commentary on the subject appear below: The challenge of improving nutrition: facts and figures (Shetty, 1/20). Can GM crops feed the hungry? (Campbell, 1/20). Nutritional security…

Wars Less Deadly, Most War-Related Deaths Result From Disease, Hunger, Report Says

“Wars are less deadly than they once were and national mortality rates have continued to decline even during conflicts due to smaller scale fighting and better healthcare,” according to a study released Wednesday by the Human Security Report Project, Reuters reports. “The report noted that most deaths in wars result from hunger and disease but said improved healthcare in peacetime had cut death tolls even during wartime, as had stepped up aid to people in war zones.”

Opinions: Haiti Relief, Recovery Efforts

Effective Coordination Required In Haiti, Earthquake Evokes ‘Wider Responsibilities’ U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon asserts in a Washington Post opinion piece that assistance “has poured forth from nations and international organizations commensurate with the scale of this disaster [in Haiti]. … We need to make sure the help that is mobilized gets to…

Unveiling Of Soybean Genome Could Help Boost Crop Yields In Future

“Scientists on Wednesday unveiled the genome of the soybean, saying it was an achievement that should deepen understanding of one of the world’s most important crops, help to boost yields and defend the plant against pests,” Agence France-Presse reports.

Also In Global Health News: Museveni On Uganda Anti-Gay Bill; Zambia, India On Collaboration; Media Examines Water Issues; Southern Sudan Conflict

Pres. Museveni Comments On Uganda’s Anti-Gay Legislation The Associated Press reports that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said that the anti-gay bill to be considered late next month or early March by the country’s parliament “is too harsh and [he] has encouraged his ruling National Resistance Movement Party to overturn…

Opinion: Food Aid; HIV Vaccine, Microbicide Research; Global Tobacco Surveillance

Business Day Examines Business Of Feeding World’s Hungry In a Business Day opinion piece, analyst Shoshana Perrey examines U.S. food aid policy: “When the U.S. Congress passed Bill PL 480 in 1954, the American food aid regime was founded on four principles: find an outlet for the mounting tonnes of…

IRIN Series Examines Health, Development Issues In Kenya

In a special series, IRIN examines health and development in Kenya. “The vast arid lands of northern Kenya are generally drier, less fertile, poorer and rank lower in most humanitarian and development league tables than the rest of the country. …  Preventable and treatable diseases are often neither prevented nor treated…