ICRC AppealsÂ For Attention To Yemen’s Growing Humanitarian Crisis The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday appealed to countries participating in an international conference on Yemen’s threat to global security this week in London to also discuss the deepening humanitarian crisis the country is facing, the Associated Press/Taiwan…
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At a meeting in Montreal, Canada, on Monday, international donors noted concerns, but agreed to a 10-year reconstruction plan to rebuild Haiti, the New York Times reports. “Given Haitiâ€™s long history of mismanagement of funds, international donors were hesitant to write a blank check. And foreign governments had concerns as well about the governmentâ€™s ability to direct a large reconstruction project after most government buildings were flattened or severely damaged in the Jan. 12 quake,” the newspaper writes (Lacey/Thompson, 1/25).
In his second annual letter, Bill Gates reflects on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work and the importance innovation will play in overcoming some of the world’s greatest challenges, including in global health and agriculture, the Associated Press/Wall Street Journal reports. “Gates says the foundation currently is backing 30 areas of innovation including online learning, teacher improvement, malaria vaccine development, HIV prevention, and genetically modified seeds,” according to the news service (1/25).
Twenty Nations Meet In Montreal To Discuss Haiti Recovery; Haitian Officials Increase Port-Au-Prince Death Toll Estimate
Officials from 20 countries are meeting in Montreal, Canada, Monday “to discuss long-term reconstruction and arrangements for a donor conference to be held in March,” the U.N. said, Bloomberg/BusinessWeek reports (Gaouette/Craze, 1/25). “U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and others will examine eventual debt forgiveness and” a strategy for rebuilding Haiti at the one-day gathering, according to Reuters (Palmer, 1/25).
A new report highlights challenges facing the Obama administration in Africa, including HIV/AIDS, poverty and climate change, VOA News reports. The report, published jointly by Africa Action and Foreign Policy in Focus, notes despite the recent success of programs such as PEPFAR, funding for the program has not increased at levels seen in previous years, the news service writes.
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 includes a special feature on the challenges associated with meeting the nutritional and foodÂ 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 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.”
Effective Coordination Required In Haiti, Earthquake Evokes ‘Wider Responsibilities’ U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-MoonÂ asserts in a Washington Post opinion pieceÂ 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…
“A strong earthquake struck Haiti on Wednesday morning, shaking buildings and sending screaming people running into the streets only eight days after the country’s capital was devastated by a previous quake,” the Canadian Press reports. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 6.1 magnitude quake was approximately 35 miles northwest of the capital of Port-au-Prince. “It was not immediately possible to ascertain what additional damage the new quake may have caused,” the news service writes (Faul, 1/20).