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Clinton Delivers Satellite Phones As Chile Earthquake, Tsunami Recovery Continues

As part of her trip to Latin America, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton handed out 25 satellite phones on Tuesday in Chile and said the U.S. would help “in any way the government of Chile asks us to,” the Washington Times reports (3/3).
“Clinton toured an area of the airport where tea, flour and other supplies were being loaded into boxes for shipment to parts of the country where supplies are short,” the Associated Press/New York Times reports.

Former Presidents Bush, Clinton Visit Haiti To Highlight Need For Aid

Former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are visiting Haiti on Monday “to spotlight the dramatic need ahead of a critical March 31 U.N. donors conference in New York, where Haitian officials will ask for $11.5 billion in reconstruction help,” the Associated Press/New York Times reports. “It is the first joint visit to the impoverished Caribbean nation for the two former leaders, who were tasked by President Barack Obama with leading the U.S. fundraising effort” after the January 12 earthquake according to the news service.

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…