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Zika virus expected to spread throughout Americas: WHO

January 25, 2016
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Zika virus expected to spread throughout Americas: WHO

Geneva (AFP) – The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease suspected of causing serious birth defects, is expected to spread to all countries in the Americas except Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization said. Zika has suspected but unproven links to microcephaly — in which babies born to women infected during pregnancy have abnormally...
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Britain and Bill Gates pledge 3 billion pounds to fight malaria

January 25, 2016
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Britain and Bill Gates pledge 3 billion pounds to fight malaria

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (L) speaks as he sits with Britain’s Chancellor George Osborne during a visit to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool, Britain January 25, 2016. Reuters/Dave Thompson/pool Britain will spend 500 million pounds ($700 million) per year for the next five years to try and end deaths caused by...
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Zika virus infection – Haiti

January 24, 2016
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Zika virus infection – Haiti

Disease Outbreak News World Health Organiztion 21 January 2016 On 18 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point for Haiti notified PAHO/WHO of 5 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus infection. Of the 5 confirmed cases, 4 are from the Delmas commune while the remaining case is from the Pétion-Ville commune. Samples of the patient...
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TOTAL Haiti launches its 2nd Edition of reforestation contest

January 18, 2016
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TOTAL Haiti launches its 2nd Edition of reforestation contest

Haiti Libre: TOTAL Haiti, launched the 2nd edition of its reforestation contest “Konbit Rebwazman se rasin lespwa !” Since January 14, 2016 until February 29, 2016, you can register online at : www.totalhaiti.com/home_professionnels/concours/inscription-concours.html or by collecting a registration form in a TOTAL station or at Sogexpress, Palmis Mikwofinans, Sogebank, Capital Bank, Brana, contest partners....
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Brazil Zika outbreak: New test kits for mosquito-borne viruses

January 17, 2016
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Brazil Zika outbreak: New test kits for mosquito-borne viruses

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes are the transmitters of all three viruses BBC: The Brazilian Health ministry says it’s developed new testing kits to rapidly identify the presence of three viruses – Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya – all carried by the same mosquito. Health Minister Marcelo Castro said priority for...
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Brazilians panic as mosquito-borne virus is linked to brain damage in thousands of babies

January 17, 2016
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Brazilians panic as mosquito-borne virus is linked to brain damage in thousands of babies

By Dom Phillips January 15 RECIFE, Brazil — Jusikelly da Silva was full of expectations for her baby. This was to be her fourth with her spouse, Josenildo, and the couple had three other children from previous relationships. “All perfect, all normal,” her husband said of their family. Then, at the six-month mark of...
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Zika virus reaches Haiti

January 15, 2016
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Zika virus reaches Haiti

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has confirmed the first case of the Zika Virus in Haiti. PAHO’s Communicable Disease and Health Analysis director Marcos Espinal, who made the announcement yesterday, warned that there are many people who will contract Zika without knowing it. But he said there...
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FAO extend by one year its program – Farmer Field School

January 12, 2016
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FAO extend by one year its program – Farmer Field School

Haiti Libre: Because of its economic and agricultural potential but also the high rate of food insecure people and its vulnerability to climate hazards, including drought, the Department of Northeast is the subject of special attention of the Organization United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Union (EU) that have introduced...
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IT IS ALREADY TOO LATE-Haiti’s Gold Problem- Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

January 11, 2016
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IT IS ALREADY TOO LATE-Haiti’s Gold Problem- Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

by Devesh Rasgotra , January 11, 2016 Haiti’s hidden gold may hold the key to alleviating its socio-economic issues; however this will be dependent on political stability and the absence of crony capitalism. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and its economy contracted by more than 5% following the devastating 2010...
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IDB brings $2,4M to the SMASH program of the BRANA

January 9, 2016
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IDB brings $2,4M to the SMASH program of the BRANA

Haiti Libre.com Friday, in the Étoile du Nord in Carrefour Vincent (Drouillard), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Inter American Development Bank (IDB), and the National Brasserie d’Haiti SA (BRANA), have joined the sorghum farmers to celebrate the integration of the IDB to the program Smallholders Alliance for Sorghum in Haiti (SMASH),...
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Zika Virus Appears in Puerto Rico

January 2, 2016
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Zika Virus Appears in Puerto Rico

(CNNsucks)Health officials in Puerto Rico reported the island’s first case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus recently linked to the rise of a serious neurological disorder among newborns in Brazil. “There is no reason for alarm, and the public should continue to take commonsense steps to avoid mosquito bites,” Puerto Rican Congressman Pedro Pierluisi said...
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Contribution to the egg industry in the economy

December 30, 2015
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Contribution to the egg industry in the economy

Haiti Libre.com In Haiti from 2010 to 2015, intensive egg production has increased fivefold, from 50,000 to 250,000 layers or approximately 1 million to over 6 million eggs per month. Haitian Production offers a very advantageous quality products, producers arriving to compete imported eggs that are in most cases the result of dumping and...
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Florida officials to spray for mosquitoes due to rain, heat

December 25, 2015
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Florida officials to spray for mosquitoes due to rain, heat

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Wet, hot and itchy – welcome to Christmas in South Florida, where the heavy rains and abnormally high temperatures are prompting county officials to spray for mosquitoes on Friday. Miami-Dade County is nearly 10 inches above normal, while the South Florida Water Management District shows Palm Beach County...
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Economie: Une fin d’année 2015 totalement morose

December 24, 2015
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Economie: Une fin d’année 2015 totalement morose

La fin d’année 2015 se révèle totalement morose pour différentes couches de la population en Haïti, avec une hausse inconsidérée du coût de la vie. La vie chère, comme l’appellent les citoyennes et citoyens, dépasse la mesure… A l’approche des fêtes de fin d’année 2015, plusieurs familles du pays, notamment dans la capitale Port-au-Prince,...
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“The Struggle for Land Justice Knows No Borders”: Corporate Pillaging in Haiti

December 24, 2015
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“The Struggle for Land Justice Knows No Borders”: Corporate Pillaging in Haiti

Members of a peasant organization heading to a community meeting to discuss their rights. (Photo: Roberto (Bear) Guerra) By Natalie Miller and Beverly Bell, Other Worlds | Interview An interview with Nixon Boumba, Democratic Popular Movement (MODEP) and American Jewish World Service. Since the earthquake of January, 2010, Haiti has increasingly become a target...
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Brazil warns against pregnancy due to spreading virus

December 23, 2015
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Brazil warns against pregnancy due to spreading virus

Rio de Janeiro (CNN)Brazilian health officials are dishing out some unusual advice these days: Don’t get pregnant. That’s the message for would-be parents, especially in the country’s northeast, after officials linked a mosquito-borne virus called Zika to a surge in newborn microcephaly, a neurological disorder that can result in incomplete brain development. “It’s a...
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What Haiti Taught Me About Seed Choice

December 9, 2015
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What Haiti Taught Me About Seed Choice

Jillian Etress Jillian Etress is a high school agriculture teacher, farmer’s wife and mother from South Alabama. Haiti’s poor are resorting to eating “mud cookies” — made of dirt, salt, and shortening – for survival. While sitting in my baby’s future nursery, compulsively folding and refolding baby clothes in a final fit of third...
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Sean Penn Announces Haiti Reforestation Project

December 8, 2015
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Sean Penn Announces Haiti Reforestation Project

By Alexa Gray, Contributing Editor How much power and influence do celebrities have in today’s world? One would argue, a significant amount, and with great power comes great responsibility. Actor Sean Penn, has demonstrated (yet again) that his organization J/P HRO (Haitian Relief Organization) is committed to using power for good. On Monday, Sean...
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Advocates: Haiti needs debate about risks of gold mining

December 7, 2015
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Advocates: Haiti needs debate about risks of gold mining

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) David Mc Fadden” Haiti risks human rights violations and increased environmental degradation if gold mining proceeds in the impoverished country without an informed population and a strong system of safeguards in place, according to a report issued Monday by U.S. legal experts. The mineral extraction industry has been mostly dormant in...
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