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Lawyers Preparing Appeal In Lawsuit Against U.N. Over Cholera Epidemic In Haiti

Devex: Lawyers push lawsuit against U.N. for Haiti cholera outbreak “Human rights lawyers in New York are preparing to file an appeal against a U.S. judge’s decision to dismiss a class action lawsuit against the United Nations, the next step in an uphill battle that, if successful, may change the…

Haiti Needs Additional WASH Funding, Stronger Institutions To Eliminate Cholera

Huffington Post: Clean Water and Strong Institutions for Haiti Pedro Medrano Rojas, U.N. assistant secretary general and senior coordinator for cholera response in Haiti “The cholera epidemic in Haiti has highlighted the international community’s historic lack of attention to water and sanitation. … The U.N. has made eliminating cholera in…

U.N. Welcomes El Salvadorian Assembly’s Pardon Of Woman Previously Convicted Of ‘Aggravated Homicide’ For Miscarriage

U.N. News Centre: El Salvador: U.N. rights office welcomes ‘ground-breaking’ pardon of woman in abortion case “The United Nations human rights office [Friday] welcomed the ‘ground-breaking decision’ of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women’s 30-year sentence in an abortion case. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, who suffered a miscarriage…

Haiti’s Health, Development Landscape Should Be Viewed With ‘Fuller Lens’

Humanosphere: Visualizing Haiti’s new and improving health landscape In a guest post, Lauren Hashiguchi, a policy translation specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses post-earthquake recovery in Haiti, including progress in the health sector. She includes graphics and writes, “Half a decade after the…

TV Can Impact Poverty, Public Health By Changing Social Behaviors

Bloomberg Businessweek: Fighting Poverty and HIV With Soap Operas “…Governments have long known that TV can have an impact on poverty by changing behavior. In the 1970s, after the launch in Peru of Simplemente María, a telenovela about an aspirational maid, the country’s government noticed a rise in demand for…

Improvements In Food Management Can Lead To Greater Fairness, Justice Globally

Inter Press Service: For the Good of Humanity — Towards a Culture of Caring Andrew MacMillan, former director of the Field Operations Division of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) “…Nowhere is the need for greater fairness more apparent than in the realm of food management — where we…

Haiti’s Lymphatic Filariasis Program Makes Strides Toward Disease Elimination

CDC’s “Neglected Tropical Diseases”: Despite Earthquake, Lymphatic Filariasis Program in Haiti Is a Success This CDC blog post discusses efforts to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) using a mass drug administration (MDA) strategy in Haiti. “…When the elimination program began, nearly half of people in the most affected areas were infected;…

Disaster Preparedness, Investment In Haiti Will Help Nation Recover From 2010 Earthquake

Devex: Learning the hard way: Lessons from the Haiti earthquake Ruth Ayarza, regional manager for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance “…Although the United Nations set up clusters around specific themes such as nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene [following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti], no…