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Mosquito Virus That Walloped Caribbean Spreads in U.S.

October 1, 2014
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Mosquito Virus That Walloped Caribbean Spreads in U.S.

By Kelly Gilblom A mosquito-borne virus that can cause debilitating joint pain lasting for years has spread to the continental U.S. after infecting hundreds of thousands of people in the Caribbean and Central America. The virus is called Chikungunya, an African name meaning “to become contorted.” While the illness, first identified in Tanzania in...
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New mosquito-borne virus spreads in Latin America-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

September 28, 2014
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New mosquito-borne virus spreads in Latin America-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and infecting more than 1 million people. Some cases already have emerged in the United States. While the...
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What rhymes with Chikungunya? Here are the basics on the latest tropical disease arriving on US shores

September 26, 2014
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What rhymes with Chikungunya? Here are the basics on the latest tropical disease arriving on US shores

DANIEL RIVERO @thisisfusion Chikungunya. Say it with me: Chi-kun-GUN-ya. Now just the ladies: Chi-kun. Then the guys: gun-ya. Anyway, get used to hearing that curious combination of syllables because there’s growing concern that chikungunya— which, despite its fun-sounding name is a very serious disease in Latin America—could become an increasing health concern in the...
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Medicine to Treat 1 in 10 Haitians Arrives in Port-au-Prince

September 24, 2014
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Medicine to Treat 1 in 10 Haitians Arrives in Port-au-Prince

Canada NewsWire PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Sept. 10, 2014 Generic Pharmaceutical Companies Aid Haiti’s Battle with Chikungunya Health officials anticipate that up to 50 percent of the population will be affected by the outbreak. The most recent numbers for Haiti record nearly 65,000 suspected cases. Apotex, Inc. donates more than $2.2 M in medical supplies to Direct Relief for chikungunya...
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COMMERCIAL MORINGA PRODUCTION STUDY IN HAITI Exploring National and International Markets for Smallholder Farmers

September 23, 2014
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COMMERCIAL MORINGA PRODUCTION STUDY IN HAITI  Exploring National and International Markets for Smallholder Farmers

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – ”It is hard to rein in the use of superlatives when describing the benefits of the Moringa oleifera tree, long known to rural Haitians for its highly nutritious leaves eaten raw or added to soup,” said Hugh Locke, President of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA), when announcing a commercial Moringa production study in...
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CHICKENS COMING HOME TO ROOST – ARISTIDE PURSUED FOR $19,000,000 HE STOLE IN 2004- INTERDICTION ORDER SERVED ON HIM AT TABARRE-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

August 7, 2014
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CHICKENS COMING HOME TO ROOST – ARISTIDE PURSUED FOR $19,000,000 HE STOLE IN 2004- INTERDICTION ORDER SERVED ON HIM AT TABARRE-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

By Lucy Komisar Haiti Democracy Project, Nov 10, 2005 Add former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide to the long list of corrupt and repressive officials who have used Western banks and companies and offshore tax havens to plunder their countries and launder the stolen money. Aristide and his associates looted government coffers, wrote checks to...
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Nasty chikungunya virus gaining traction in U.S.

July 30, 2014
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Nasty chikungunya virus gaining traction in U.S.

At least 20 New Jersey residents have tested positive for chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus that has spread through the Caribbean. (July 30) AP (Photo: James Gathany, CDC) Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus that has swept through the Caribbean in recent months, is making gains in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
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‘Milestone’ for child malaria vaccine

July 29, 2014
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‘Milestone’ for child malaria vaccine

By Smitha Mundasad Health reporter, BBC News Making malaria vaccine available for routine use will be a major milestone, researchers say Experts say the world’s first malaria vaccine could be approved for use in 2015. Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, an average of 800...
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The Rise of Delicious Haitian Chocolate

July 28, 2014
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The Rise of Delicious Haitian Chocolate

In Robillard, a tiny hamlet deep in the Haitian hinterland, Valmir Mamonvil is standing next to a would-be national hero: Maman Pye Cacao, which in Kreyòl means “mother cacao tree.” His father planted it 30 years ago, but for Mamonvil, the tree is more than a family heirloom. It could be his kids’ ticket...
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Trees May Prevent 670,000 Incidences Of Acute Respiratory Symptoms Annually

July 27, 2014
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Trees May Prevent 670,000 Incidences Of Acute Respiratory Symptoms Annually

By Rebekah Marcarelli r.marcarelli@hngn.com | Jul 26, 2014 10:33 PM EDT Trees save numerous lives every year by cleaning the air. (Photo : Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Archives) Trees are believed to save 870 lives a year and prevent 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms. The study, conducted by the United States Forest Service...
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PAHO Weekly Report: 442K chikungunya cases, 86K increase in Caribbean region

July 20, 2014
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As of July 18, 2014: Total Cases:  442,310 Increase:         86,693 A 24 percent increase… Click here for the latest full PAHO report Stay tuned for analysis….
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Scientists optimistic chikungunya vaccine could be available as soon as end of next year

July 20, 2014
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Scientists optimistic chikungunya vaccine could be available as soon as end of next year

July 14, 2014 By Health Aha Editor’s Pick A joint effort between the Federal Drug Administration, N.C. State and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and Raleigh Lab Arbovax is underway to produce a chikungunya vaccine. via NC scientists scramble to create vaccine for chikungunya | www.wsoctv.com. For more on this topic, see our Health...
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The west’s peanut butter bias chokes Haiti’s attempts to feed itself

July 15, 2014
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The west’s peanut butter bias chokes Haiti’s attempts to feed itself

Local provider of food to tackle malnourishment faces closure because aid agencies buy subsidised products from abroad The Guardian Online Haitian children are checked by health agents for signs of malnutrition. Photograph: MFK Bedline is 17 months and weighs just 5.3kg. She lies feverish and quiet in her grandmother’s arms, eyes glazed, her pale...
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CENTRAL AMERICAN PROBLEMS MORE COMPLEX – GENERATED BY AMERICAN SOCIETY WITH GOVERNMENTAL COMPLICITY-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

July 15, 2014
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CENTRAL AMERICAN PROBLEMS MORE COMPLEX – GENERATED BY AMERICAN SOCIETY WITH GOVERNMENTAL COMPLICITY-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

By Hector Perla, Guest Scholar at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs The flood of Central American child refugees arriving on our southern border is not just a humanitarian crisis, it is a man-made disaster. These children are the “canary in the mine” pointing to a deeper, toxic problem confronting Washington. Republican congressional leaders argue...
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Social Enterprise In Haiti Transforms The Lives Of Peanut Farmers

July 5, 2014
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Social Enterprise In Haiti Transforms The Lives Of Peanut Farmers

Forbes.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership recently announced the launch of its latest social enterprise. Called Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corp., it’s aimed at  the more than 12,000 small holder peanut farmers in Haiti. The Partnership, founded  in 2007, is an initiative of the Clinton Foundation focused on economic development and poverty...
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Virus Strikes Hard in Haiti’s Crowded Shantytowns

July 3, 2014
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Virus Strikes Hard in Haiti’s Crowded Shantytowns

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Jul 3, 2014, 12:08 AM ET By DAVID McFADDEN Associated Press Within a dense cluster of flimsy shacks made mostly of plastic tarp and wooden planks, a young mother cradles her sick, whimpering toddler while trying to guard against a fierce tropical sun. Delimene Saint Lise says she’s doing her best...
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NOTICE : Foreigners must pay income tax in Haiti

July 2, 2014
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NOTICE : Foreigners must pay income tax in Haiti

Haiti Libre: “The Directorate General of Taxes (DGI) reminds physical persons or entities who use the services of a foreigner whose tax domicile is outside of Haiti during a temporary stay in the country, their obligation to pay the tax administration, within 15 days after the payment of its remuneration, the amount of Income...
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Haiti, Dominican Republic cases push chikungunya total past 260,000-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

July 1, 2014
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Haiti, Dominican Republic cases push chikungunya total past 260,000-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

TinkerJulie/ iStock The number of suspected and confirmed chikungunya cases in Caribbean countries rose sharply last week, led by thousands of new cases reported mainly from the Dominican Republic and Haiti, with signs that the disease is spreading to South America and Central America. The outbreak, which began in December, reached 264,444 last week,...
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Exploring Haiti: Môle-Saint-Nicolas

June 24, 2014
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Exploring Haiti: Môle-Saint-Nicolas

by stmemory on June 23, 2014 I know I’ve said this before, but I think the only way to truly enjoy living in Haiti is to get OUT of Port au Prince every so often. It’s not easy given the state of the roads and cost of air travel. But when you get out...
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