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Massive Earthquake Hits Chile

“Shell-shocked Chileans struggled to deal with the aftermath of a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake that ripped through the southern half of the country early Saturday morning,” the Wall Street Journal reports. The quake damaged roads, buildings, telecommunication services, and cut power. “At least ten aftershocks hit the region in the hours after the initial quake – felt 2,000 miles away in Sao Paulo, Brazil – and waves that swelled more than six feet above their normal height battered the country’s long coastline, according to the U.S. Geological Survey,” according to the newspaper (Fick et al., 2/28).

WHO Director-General In Pakistan To Monitor Flood Relief, Polio Vaccinations

WHO will continue to support efforts to boost polio eradication efforts in Pakistan, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said recently during talks with Pakistani health officials, the Associated Press of Pakistan reports. Chan was in the country to review health relief operations in Pakistan’s flood-affected areas.

Also In Global Health News: Global Fund In Zambia; International Corruption; Malnutrition in North Korea; U.N. Emergency Appeals For Benin, Djibouti

Zambian Health Coalition Calls For Audit After Global Fund OIG Finds Irregularities Zambia’s Civil Society Health Forum (CSHF), a coalition of HIV/AIDS organizations, “has demanded for forensic audits in the four principal recipient (PR) organisations of the Global Fund and prosecution of officers responsible for misapplying donor funds,” the Post Online reports.…

Sec. Of State Clinton In Brussels To Discuss Pakistan Flood Relief; Report Estimates Damage At $9.7 Billion

Ahead of a European Union ministers meeting in Brussels, Belguim, on Friday to address flood-relief for Pakistan, “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested European Union leaders should follow the U.S. and withhold further flood-relief funding from Pakistan until Islamabad shows it is doing more to fight corruption and collect tax revenue from its wealthiest citizens,” the Wall Street Journal reports (Miller, 10/15).

Also In Global Health News: PEPFAR-Supported Programs In Uganda; Cholera In Nigeria; $275M For Jordan’s Water Supply; Recovered Global Fund Money In Uganda; Maternal Health In India; Malnutrition In Yemen

PEPFAR Awards $250M To Uganda For HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention Programs The U.S. government, through PEPFAR, has provided “eleven new awards [which] amount to a quarter of a billion dollar investment over five years” to Uganda “in support” of the country’s HIV/AIDS response, a U.S. Mission press release states (10/21). Uganda’s…

Cholera Epidemic In Haiti Persists Despite Slowdown In Fatalities

“A multinational medical response has slowed deaths in a Haitian cholera epidemic that has killed more than 250 people so far, but the outbreak is likely to widen, a senior U.N. official said on Sunday,” Reuters reports. The U.N., Haitian government and aid partners “have launched a major effort to try to contain the epidemic” of more than 3,000 cases in the country so far (Delva, 10/25). The New York Times reports that the death rate, according to the Haitian government, has “declined – from 10.6 percent of known cases three days earlier to 8.2 percent now.”

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