Rescue efforts continue in Haiti after a major earthquake hit the country last week, CNN reports (1/18). While teams still search for survivors under the rubble, the priority is shifting to relief for those who survived the quake, Nicholas Reader, spokesperson for the U.N.Offices for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, TIME reports (Newton-Small,1/18).
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Rescue teams and aid groups headed to Haiti on Wednesday to offer help and “assess damage from a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake that crippled the island nation, severing communications with the outside world and crumbling countless buildings,” the Miami Herald reports (Charles et al., 1/13). Tuesday’s “earthquake was the worst in the region in more than 200 years and left the country in a shambles,” according to the New York Times (Romero/Lacy, 1/13).
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Pres. Museveni Comments On Uganda’s Anti-Gay Legislation The Associated Press reports that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said that the anti-gay bill to be considered late next month or early March by the country’s parliament “is too harsh and [he] has encouraged his ruling National Resistance Movement Party to overturn…
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$60M USAID Waste Management Project In Afghanistan USAID will spend $60 million through 2012 on “waste management, drainage channels and roadside ditches, the rehabilitation of city parks and sports fields, and other greenery programmes in Kabul,” Afghanistan, IRIN reports.Â The article also looks at the health effects of unmanaged waste in…
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Zimbabwe Wants ToÂ Boost AccessÂ To ART By End Of 2010, Health Minister Says Zimbabwe’s government plans work with international organizations to increase the number of people receivingÂ anti-retroviral therapy (ART) to 300,000 by the end of the year, up from the 180,000 who currently get the drugs, Henry Madzorera, the country’s health…
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WFP Halts Aid Distribution In Southern Somalia The U.N. World Food Program (WFP) announced Tuesday that it has been forced to halt “aid distribution to about 1 million people in southern Somalia because of attacks against staff and demands by armed groups that aid groups remove women from their teams,”…
A series of articles by Ottawa Citizen reporter Chris Cobb examines water and sanitation in East Africa. Cobb wrote the articles as part of a Kaiser Family Foundation Mini Fellowship.
The WHO held a “side event” on Thursday at the U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen to highlight climate change’s effect on public health, CNN reports.
Also In Global Health News: Kenya HIV/AIDS; Uganda Bill; Water Project In Philippines; U.N. Appeal For Yemen
U.S. Pledges $26.5M Over 4 Years To Fight HIV/AIDS In Kenya U.S. Ambassador Michael Ranneberger on Wednesday announced the U.S. would provide $26.5 million (2.7 billion Kenyan shillings) between 2009 and 2013 to fight HIV/AIDS in Kenya, the Daily Nation reports (Sinundu, 12/16). In related news, the Standard reports the…
Agricultural Alliance Releases Report Calling For Efforts To Prevent Climate Change From Affecting Global Food Security
The “food-security arm of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research [CGIAR], a global alliance of agricultural experts,” launched a report Friday at the U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen that “calls for an intensive effort to speed the implementation of dozens of agriculture-related technologies in developing countries, which are the most vulnerable to climate change,” the Globe and Mail reports.