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Timberland joins forces with Haitian farmers to rejuvenate barren lands

April 29, 2016
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Timberland joins forces with Haitian farmers  to rejuvenate barren lands

A project to help farmers in Haiti earn a living from planting fruit trees has given way to a more ambitious goal to farm sustainable cotton on the island Timberland is exploring the idea of buying organic cotton from Haiti after a successful project helping local farmers plant trees. Photograph: A F Cortes Thursday...
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World Malaria Day: The Haiti Challenge

April 25, 2016
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World Malaria Day: The Haiti Challenge

PUBLISHED ON 25 April, 2016 BY Ruth Kramer Haiti (MNN) — Malaria is a major public health problem in Haiti. Blessings International’s Haiti Challenge aims to overcome it on World Malaria Day. (Photo courtesy Blessings International) As the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti is also plagued by economic, development and public health...
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Millions Face Starvation As Haiti’s Drought Stretches Into Its Third Year

April 16, 2016
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Millions Face Starvation As Haiti’s Drought Stretches Into Its Third Year

by Beenish Ahmed Apr 15, 2016 2:19 pm CREDIT: Meghan Dhaliwal for ThinkProgress Mirene Raymond has farmed rice in Haiti for decades, but she says she has never seen conditions quite so bad, April 2016. GONAIVES, HAITI — Mirene Raymond hasn’t seen a real downpour since last year. The 69-year-old rice farmer is one...
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Zika Mutates Extremely Quickly, Which Is Why It’s So Scary

April 16, 2016
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Zika Mutates Extremely Quickly, Which Is Why It’s So Scary

Getty Images Scientists are also questioning how it spreads One thing that’s especially confounding about Zika is that as soon as something about the virus is understood, it comes under question. Until recently, experts believed Zika was a relatively benign virus spread by mosquitoes. But now that it’s been linked to more than 1,000...
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Haiti farmers peeved over US peanuts

April 16, 2016
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Haiti farmers peeved over US peanuts

Mrebalais – The barefoot farmer oversees three teenage workers as they attack weeds with spades in a sun-baked field of peanut plants, a vital cash crop often grown on Haiti’s marginal farmland. If he’s lucky, Francois Merilus will reap a meagre harvest amid a lengthy drought that has shrivelled yields and worsened Haiti’s chronic...
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Donation of surplus peanuts from US dismays Haiti farmers

April 15, 2016
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Donation of surplus peanuts from US dismays Haiti farmers

MIREBALAIS, Haiti –  The barefoot farmer oversees three teenage workers as they attack weeds with spades in a sunbaked field of peanut plants, a vital cash crop often grown on Haiti’s marginal farmland. If he’s lucky, Francois Merilus will reap a meager harvest amid a lengthy drought that has shriveled yields and worsened Haiti’s...
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ZIKA- Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

April 14, 2016
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ZIKA- Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

News about Zika keeps getting worse. First is growing evidence that Zika causes of the serious birth defect microcephaly (abnormally small brain and skull) and severe mental retardation. The CDC just announced their analysis that concludes Zika is the cause of many recent microcephaly cases, with CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden declaring, “There is...
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Zika Virus Causes Birth Defects, Health Officials Confirm

April 14, 2016
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Zika Virus Causes Birth Defects, Health Officials Confirm

By PAM BELLUCK and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.APRIL 13, 2016 A therapist teaching a mother in Recife, Brazil, last month how to massage her baby, who has microcephaly. Credit Paulo Whitaker/ReutersOfficials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday that there was now enough evidence to definitively say that the Zika...
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U.S. officials: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is

April 13, 2016
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U.S. officials: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is

U.S. health officials: Zika ‘scarier than we thought’ U.S. health officials say the spread and impact of the Zika virus is wider than initially anticipated, but plan to have the first vaccine candidate for the virus in September. (Reuters) Brazilian scientists studying 151 patients who recently sought help at a local hospital for symptoms similar...
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The Obama Administration’s Zika Offensive

April 13, 2016
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The Obama Administration’s Zika Offensive

The Obama Administration’s Zika Offensive Top public-health officials have joined the political fight over emergency funding for efforts to stop the virus. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters Two months ago, the Obama administration asked for roughly $1.9 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus. Public-health officials were eager to get money for vaccine...
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