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Haiti Should Have Final Say Over Rebuilding, Preval Says

In an interview with Reuters, Haitian President Rene Preval on Tuesday said that the U.S. State Department Human Rights report, which says corruption is “widespread in all … levels of government” in Haiti, is “arrogant” and that Haiti should have the final say in approving plans to rebuild the country after the January earthquake, the news agency reports.

Also In Global Health News: Vaccine Suspension; E. Africa Food Security; GMOs; Somali President Responds; China’s Food Security

WHO Suspends Distribution, Purchase Of Pentavalent Vaccine A WHO spokeswoman announced Wednesday that the agency “has suspended the distribution and purchase of the Shan5 vaccine, produced by Sanofi-Aventis’s Indian unit Shantha Biotechnics, pending a quality investigation,” after several reports of white sediment on the walls of the vaccine vials, the…

Low-Cost Insurance Policies Aim To Prevent Poverty Among Small-Scale Farmers In Kenya

A pilot crop insurance project, recently launched in Kenya, aims to compensate small-scale farmers when crops fail in an effort to break the cycle of poverty, the Business Daily reports. While crop insurance is widely used in the developed world, cost has been a major barrier to offering it to small-scale farmers in the developing world. In addition, “micro-insurance, particularly for agriculture, has largely failed because it offered no immediate benefit to farmers,” the newspaper reports (Mbogo, 3/18).

Opinions: Chile’s Preparedness; Evangelical Christians; ‘Locavorism’

Free Economies Essential For Disaster Preparedness The earthquake in Chile “was the fifth biggest ever measured, and several hundred times larger than the one that killed more than 220,000 in Haiti,” according to a Wall Street Journal editorial. The editorial highlights Chile’s preparation for earthquakes, including stricter building codes. “But such preparation…

Also In Global Health News: East Africa Food Security; Issues With Humanitarian Aid; Texting To Fight Counterfeit Drugs

Experts To Discuss Food Security In East Africa The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) meeting  this week in Kigali, Rwanda “will provide a forum for experts, government ministers, regional economic communities and other stakeholders to discuss how best to handle the food security issue in” East Africa, New Times/allAfrica.com reports. The…

Opinions: Discrimination Against Sexual Orientation; WFP In Somalia; Haiti’s Recovery; WHO’s Policy Role

Discrimination Against Sexual Orientation Are ‘Backward Steps’ For Human Rights In Africa In a Washington Post opinion piece, Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, speaks out against efforts to deny individuals “their fundamental rights and freedoms” based on their sexual orientation. Tutu cites cases in…

U.N. Secretary-General Visits Haiti To Monitor International Aid Response

During his second visit to Haiti since the January earthquake, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “promised Haitians on Sunday that the world has not forgotten the quake-torn nation as it suffers from a shortage of shelter and growing violence in teeming camps for the homeless,” the Associated Press reports (Katz, 3/14).