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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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Problems with Medical Flights to the US Print
Sunday, 07 February 2010 13:07
The Miami Herald reported Saturday that new rules from the US Department of Health and Human Services have made medical flights from Haiti to the US much more difficult:
"One child died and the condition of critically ill children from Haiti's earthquake worsened amid stricter rules over medical flights to Miami hospitals and others in the United States, doctors and patients say."

Last week medical flights were stopped for five days after an apparent cost dispute between Florida and the Federal Government.
 
Bill Quigley: Haiti - Still Starving 23 Days Later Print
Sunday, 07 February 2010 12:36
Bill Quigley, legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights, reports from Haiti:

Haiti - Still Starving 23 Days Later


You can walk down many of the streets of Port au Prince and see absolutely no evidence that the world community has helped Haiti.

Twenty-three days after the earthquake jolted Haiti and killed over 200,000 people, as many as a million people have still not received any international food assistance.
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"There is No Security Threat from the Haitian People." Print
Saturday, 06 February 2010 14:01
Aid worker and Children’s Hope founder Leisa Faulkner describes her experiences working in Haiti following the quake in an interview with Sacramento News & Review. Her comments include a familiar refrain from aid and relief workers:
“There is no security threat from the Haitian people. Aid workers do not need to fear them. I would really like for the guys with the rifles to put them down and pick up shovels to help find people still buried in the rubble of collapsed buildings and homes.”
 
US Treasury Supports Debt Relief for Haiti Print
Friday, 05 February 2010 12:07
Today Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner released the following statement supporting debt relief in Haiti:
"The earthquake in Haiti was a catastrophic setback to the Haitian people who are now facing tremendous emergency humanitarian and reconstruction needs, and meeting Haiti's financing needs will require a massive multilateral effort," said Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. "Today, we are voicing our support for what Haiti needs and deserves – comprehensive multilateral debt relief."

To read more about the importance of debt relief for Haiti please see Jubilee USA.
 
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