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U.S. Southern Command Ends Major Military Operations In Haiti

The U.S. Southern Command on Tuesday said it was ending major military relief operations in Haiti aimed at aiding the nation after the January earthquake, Reuters reports. “Spearheaded by the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, thousands of American troops were deployed in Haiti as part of Operation Unified Response. … The Pentagon has been drawing down the number of soldiers in the impoverished Caribbean country steadily in recent months,” the news service writes.

Also In Global Health News: Tropical Storm Damage In Central America; Global Health Corps; Hunger In S. Sudan; Tobacco Use In China; Improving Water Conditions In Asia

Tropical Storm Agatha Hits Central America Tropical storm Agatha pounded Central America over the weekend, bringing heavy rain that killed at least 179 people, mostly in Guatemala, the New York Times reports. The search for survivors continues as rescue workers dig through the thousands of homes and buildings that collapsed.…

World Bank Cancels $36M Haitian Debt

“The World Bank said on Friday it has written off $36 million of Haiti’s remaining debts to the lender with the help of contributions from 13 countries,” Reuters reports. Haiti owed money to the bank’s International Development Association (IDA), the fund for the “poorest borrowers,” the news service writes.

WFP Looks To Improve Aid Delivery In Volatile Environments, BMJ News Reports

BMJ News examines how the World Food Program (WFP) has started consulting with members of the business, humanitarian and military sectors in an effort to ensure aid reaches the world’s hungry, particularly those in regions hit by natural disasters or other volatile environments.

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Adopt Draft Code Of Health Personnel Recruitment At WHA, Lancet Comment Says As the 193 WHO member states gather at next week’s World Health Assembly (WHA) “a draft global code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel will be on the agenda. Negotiation and adoption of a WHO…

Also In Global Health News: Canada To Support Health Programs In Africa; Chan on N. Korea; Improving Living Conditions In DRC; Nepalese Sex Trafficking Victims

Canada To Give Africa $178M Over 5 Years, Minister Says  Canada will give $178 million over five years to support maternal, child health and educational projects in nine African countries, Bev Oda, Canada’s international cooperation minister, said on Thursday, a day after the conclusion of a meeting of G8 development…

Report Highlights Lack Of Humanitarian Access To Cyclone Nargis Survivors In Myanmar

“Almost two years after Cyclone Nargis killed nearly 140,000 people in Myanmar, the repression of rights in areas hit by the cyclone continues and the humanitarian space in the country is shrinking instead of growing as originally hoped, a [Human Rights Watch] report released on Thursday said,” Reuters AlertNet reports.

NPR Examines U.N.’s Effort To Stop Sexual Violence In War

“Hundreds of thousands of women in conflict zones around the world have been or are now becoming victims of rape and sexual torture,” reflects Michel Martin, host of NPR’s “Tell Me More,” as she interviewed Margot Wallstrom, U.N. special representative on sexual violence in conflict, in a show examining the U.N.’s “ramped up” campaign to end systemic sexual violence in war.

Three-Day Meeting In Kenya Examines Ways To Bolster Disaster Preparedness Across Africa

To succeed in efforts to reduce poverty in Africa, countries need to make disaster preparedness a priority in national development plans, Margareta Wahlstrom, U.N. deputy emergency relief coordinator, said Wednesday during the Second Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Africa, the Daily Nation reports.

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.