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Haiti Needs Sunlight and Accountability on Relief and Reconstruction Effort Print
Monday, 08 February 2010 20:07
Mark Weisbrot
The Guardian Unlimited, February 8, 2010

See article on original website

Last week actors and human rights advocates Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte, along with the Reverend Jesse Jackson, sent a letter to Congress and the Obama Administration calling attention to “serious mistakes that have unnecessarily delayed the delivery of medical supplies, water and other life-saving materials” to Haiti. The letter was also signed by some 90 scholars and Haiti advocates. (Disclosure: I was also a signer).
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Urgent Need for Food, Shelter, Sanitation, and Medical Care Remains Print
Tuesday, 09 February 2010 18:16

A must-read article from the Washington Post today surveys the aid and relief efforts, noting there is still a dire need for more food, shelter, sanitation, medical supplies and equipment, crutches for amputees, post-operative care and rehabilitation, and much more.

“Every day, tens of thousands of Haitians face a grueling quest to find food, any food. A nutritious diet is out of the question,” as “…Overwhelmed doctors and nurses are now facing converging streams of need, from untended wounds and the illnesses born of poor sanitation to the ailments of a population that had inferior health care long before Jan. 12.”

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Disaster Capitalism Print
Tuesday, 09 February 2010 15:40
The Miami Herald reports today that at least two US firms, AshBritt Inc. and DRC group, are using powerful connections both inside Haiti and the US to try and secure contracts in the aftermath of the earthquake. As the Herald notes:
It's unclear at this point who will be awarding the cleanup contracts, but there is big money to be made in the rubble of some 225,000 collapsed homes and at least 25,000 government and office buildings.
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Numbing Numbers Print
Tuesday, 09 February 2010 13:11
Center for Constitutional Rights legal director Bill Quigley breaks down the Haiti relief numbers today on Common Dreams, such as:

1 million – the number of “people who have been given food by the UN World Food Program in Port au Prince – another million in Port au Prince still need help.”

63,000 is the number of “pregnant women among the people displaced by the earthquake.”

Bill notes that 7,000 tents have been “distributed by United Nations …President Preval of Haiti has asked for 200,000 tents.”

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To Help Haiti, Upend Aid Habits, and Focus on its Women Print
Monday, 08 February 2010 19:57

Elaine Zuckerman, President of Gender Action and the former Inter-American Development Bank Programs Officer for Haiti, writes about what needs to be done to make sure that aid to Haiti does not repeat the mistakes of the past:

To Help Haiti, Upend Aid Habits, and Focus on its Women
By Elaine Zuckerman

The growing discourse around solving Haiti's many tragedies has, for the most part, ignored the unique plight of that nation's women, and their equally essential role in recovery.  Even before the earthquake, Haiti's women suffered disproportionately, and recently announced aid may already be headed in the same wrong direction as in decades past.  This article highlights pre-earthquake Haiti’s poverty and gender discrimination, and discusses how external assistance can end bad practices, especially by targeting women.

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Profiteers and Rising Prices for Food and Entry Fees Print
Monday, 08 February 2010 17:42

Tim Schwartz writes from the Haiti-D.R. border:

There are some things that should be known about DR dealing with Haiti.

On the one hand, the Dominicans have made commendable efforts to help. The government send mobile food kitchens that are making 60,000 hot meals per day. It was the earliest food distribution on the ground--day after the quake--and is the most efficient I have seen...

But Tim also notes:

But there is regretable profiteering as well.
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Information on Temporary Protected Status Print
Monday, 08 February 2010 13:41
The New York Immigration Coalition has compiled a list of resources for Haitians seeking TPS. The list includes upcoming legal clinics and non-profit legal service organizations. For the direct link, click here.
 
On Haiti and Rice Print
Monday, 08 February 2010 13:17
In 2008 Oxfam reported that:
Less than 20 years ago, the country was nearly self-sufficient when it came to rice production. But in 1995, when the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund pressured Haiti to cut import tariffs on rice from 50 percent to 3 percent, cheap subsidized rice from the US began to flood into the country. Urban consumers benefited for a while from the low-cost imports, but they caused national rice production to plummet. Today, Haiti is now importing 80 percent of the rice it consumes.
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Haiti Response Coalition Print
Monday, 08 February 2010 13:10
In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, 15 organizations formed a coalition to help coordinate the relief and reconstruction efforts. The coalition is comprised of members both on the ground in Haiti as well as here in the US that have a long history working with Haitian partners.

Please visit the Haiti Response Coalition website to read more about them and check on their "updates from the field".
 
The Fight Against TB in Haiti Print
Sunday, 07 February 2010 13:13
Haiti has the highest Tuberculosis rate in the western hemisphere and the possibility of a severe outbreak has increased, reports the New York Times. The World Health Organization says that TB is the second most deadly infectious disease in Haiti, behind AIDS. However at the clinic which housed the "country’s most infected patients" Pierre-Louis Monfort "runs the clinic alone."
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