Haitian President Rene Preval is expected to meet with President Barack Obama Wednesday in the U.S. to ask for “billions of dollars to rebuild” Haiti, Agence France-Presse reports. The White House said that Obama will emphasize that the U.S. is a “friend and partner” to Haiti and discuss ways the international community could aid Haiti (Burleigh, 3/7).
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Dry Spell In Zimbabwe Forces Government To Declare 11 Percent Of Maize Crop A ‘Write-Off’ According to a crop assessment report released Wednesday, “Zimbabwe’s government has declared 11 percent of its 2009/10 planted maize crop a write-off after it was badly damaged by a dry spell, and repeated calls for…
Luis Gomes Sambo, the WHO’s regional director for Africa, “is in the U.S. this week” for meetings with senior health officials and development agency representatives to discuss collaborating on health, the New Times/allAfrica.com reports.
Haitian and U.N. officials on Tuesday said they planned this week to begin “decompressing” the capital of Port-au-Prince by removing rubble to make space for people to return to their homes or temporarily resettle, Reuters reports. “The ‘Debris Management Plan’ drawn up by experts from the United Nations, the United States and other countries with Haitian government officials marks the next big push by the international relief operation following major distributions of food, water and shelter materials to earthquake victims,” according to the news service.
The major earthquake in January in Haiti could have killed as many as 300,000 people, an estimate that includes bodies buried in the rubble, Haitian President Rene Preval said on Sunday at a meeting of Latin American and Caribbean leaders in Mexico, Reuters reports.
On Wednesday, the WHO “urged medical aid agencies to stay in Haiti as long as possible while health care is rebuilt following last month’s devastating earthquake,” Agence France-Presse reports. Henriette Chamouillet, the WHO’s representative in Haiti, said the agency would like its largest partners to continue aid for “at least six months” and that it would take several months for hospitals with the least amount of damage to open. She said, “It’s absolutely necessary because we have to replace the hospitals which won’t work” (2/17).
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The New York Times examines the recent criticisms made by senior U.N. officials in Afghanistan that NATO forces are contributing to “the militarization of humanitarian aid” and the Wednesday announcement that the U.N. will not participate in the military’s reconstruction effort in Marja, Afghanistan.
During a video address to the 7th U.S.-Islamic World Forum meeting in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday, President Barack Obama appointed Rashad Hussain, deputy associate White House counsel, to serve as Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Associated Press reports.