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U.S., World Mount Response To Haiti 7.0 Earthquake

Rescue teams and aid groups headed to Haiti on Wednesday to offer help and “assess damage from a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake that crippled the island nation, severing communications with the outside world and crumbling countless buildings,” the Miami Herald reports (Charles et al., 1/13). Tuesday’s “earthquake was the worst in the region in more than 200 years and left the country in a shambles,” according to the New York Times (Romero/Lacy, 1/13).

Opinion: Haiti Relief; WHO Response To H1N1

Long-Term Rebuilding Strategy ‘Vital’ To Haiti An Economist editorial examines the relief and recovery efforts in Haiti and the “vital” importance of planning for rebuilding the country “before the world’s generosity turns to cynicism. Fortunately there is a blueprint, drawn up by Haiti’s government and presented to donors last year. It…

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.

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Aid Agencies’ Practices, Competition Should Be Examined, Lancet Editorial Says  “Picture the situation in Haiti: families living on top of sewage-contaminated rubbish dumps, with no reliable sources of food and water and virtually no access to health care. This scenario depicts the situation in Haiti before the earthquake that catapulted…

Donors Agree To 10-Year Haitian Rebuilding Effort Amid Concerns; No Firm Financial Commitments

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 Haiti’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 government’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).

Also In Global Health News: Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis; Extreme Conditions In Mongolia

ICRC Appeals 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…

Analysis, Opinions: Haiti Relief, Rebuilding; NTDs

‘Revolutionary Solutions’ To Rebuild Haiti Associated Press reporter Michelle Faul, who covered Haiti for a decade with the news service, offers this analysis: “Yes, the earth-shattering quake was powerful enough to bring many countries to their knees. But Haiti’s horrendous death toll and cataclysmic damage must also be blamed on a history of bad…

Also In Global Health News: Tajikistan Earthquake; WHO Head Marks 2009 Milestones; Mexico Health Program; Dry Toilets; Kenya HIV Testing

About 20,000 People Homeless After Tajikistan Earthquake, Officials Say “Tajikistan officials say about 20,000 people have been left homeless after an earthquake rocked the impoverished central Asian nation” on Saturday, VOA News reports. The quake severed electrical supplies and communications in affected areas, officials said (1/3). A regional spokesperson for…

Obama Announces $100M In Aid For Haitian Earthquake Recovery

At the White House on Thursday, President Barack Obama “promised $100 million along with more American troops for the relief effort in Haiti, vowing that the United States would stand with the impoverished nation as it grappled with the devastation of its capital city,” the New York Times reports. According to the newspaper, Obama “said the financial aid was only a first installment and would grow over the coming year. ‘Help is arriving,’ he said. ‘Much, much more help is on the way'” (Cooper, 1/14).

China Responds To 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake

China is responding to a major earthquake that injured thousands of people Wednesday in the country’s Tibetan region, the Associated Press reports. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the initial earthquake at a magnitude of 6.9, the news service reports.