Three weeks after a major earthquake struck Haiti, challenges in getting aid to those in need persist, the Washington Post reports. “Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, said the relief effort has escalated in recent days and will continue to do so. Emergency food aid has been provided to more than a million people in and around Port-au-Prince, but 2 million people are estimated to need such assistance, he said.
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U.S. Government Resumes Medical Evacuations From Haiti; New Food Voucher Distribution Targeting Women Begins
“The U.S. government said on Sunday it would resume military evacuation flights” within 12 hours for critically ill and injured Haitians who were harmed in the Jan. 12 earthquake, Reuters reports (Rosenberg/Brown, 1/31). Medical evacuations had been suspended for a few days, but the reason for the suspension “is unclear as various government authorities have provided different explanations,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
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Implications And Challenges Of India’s Proposed Food Security Bill A Reuters article discusses the implications of an Indian bill that would “subsidise grains for the poor, a move that will impact government finances as well as political support.” According to the news service, the proposal “aims to partly shield a…
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IRIN Examines Global Humanitarian Assistance Report, Maps Percentage Of African Budgets Spent on Health
“[H]umanitarian watchdog Development Initiatives outlines some of the needs, responses and funding trends” in humanitarian aid over the past decade in its 2010 Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) report, IRIN writes in an article that examines the organization’s findings.
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Most Countries Have Not Delivered Haiti Aid Commitments; Sen. Corker Visits Haiti To Observe Recovery
Six months after the Haitian earthquake, $506 million of the $5.3 billion pledged at a donors conference in March has been disbursed to Haiti, according to Jehane Sedky of the U.N. Development Program, CNN reports in a story investigating the aid commitments.