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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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WFP plans to launch an emergency operation in Haiti

April 11, 2016
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WFP plans to launch an emergency operation in Haiti

Haiti Libre: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) committed today to both assisting 1.6 million people hit by droughts exacerbated by El Niño in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti and building resilience against future climatic shocks. Speaking at the end of visits to El Salvador and Guatemala to see the compounded impact...
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Brazilian scientists find new Zika-linked brain disorder in adults

April 11, 2016
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Brazilian scientists find new Zika-linked brain disorder in adults

An edes aegypti mosquito is seen inside a test tube as part of a research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at a control and prevention center in Guadalupe, neighbouring Monterrey, Mexico, in this March 8, 2016 file photo. Reuters/Daniel Becerril/Files Scientists in Brazil have uncovered a new...
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Rising hunger in Central America and Haiti as El Niño follows prolonged drought – UN agency

April 8, 2016
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Rising hunger in Central America and Haiti as El Niño follows prolonged drought – UN agency

Some of the food distributed to the drought-affected communities of Las Hastas and Los Achiotes in the town of Orocuina, Choluteca, Honduras. Photo: WFP/Hetze Tosta 7 April 2016 – The United Nations food relief agency committed today to assisting 1.6 million people hit by droughts exacerbated by El Niño in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador...
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How To Fight Zika When Your Country Is In Trouble: Improvise

April 7, 2016
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How To Fight Zika When Your Country Is In Trouble: Improvise

Nadja Bezerra carries her 4-month-old daughter, Alice, who was born with microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil. Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images Lourdes Garcia-Navarro He asked for $7 million to fight Zika. He got a few hundred thousand dollars. That’s the story that Jailson Correia tells. He’s the health secretary for Recife, the city with the...
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Brain scans of microcephalic babies suggest Zika disrupts development

April 6, 2016
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Brain scans of microcephalic babies suggest Zika disrupts development

Therapist Rozely Fontoura holds Juan Pedro, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil March 26, 2016. Reuters/Paulo Whitaker Brain scans of 23 Brazilian infants with the birth defect microcephaly showed widespread and severe abnormalities suggesting that Zika may invade fetal nerve cells and disrupt brain development. The findings, published on Wednesday in a letter to...
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Dumping Peanuts on Haiti

April 6, 2016
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Dumping Peanuts on Haiti

Peanuts being sorted before roasting in Haiti. Photo by Cory Flanagin. The people of Haiti deserve better agriculture solutions than extra peanuts from the American people. by Marc Cohen, Oxfam America When I was working in Haiti for Oxfam following the devastating earthquake in 2010, I became fond of mamba, the local version of...
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Zika virus leads to Arizona blood supply shortage; donors needed

April 6, 2016
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Zika virus leads to Arizona blood supply shortage; donors needed

First Zika case confirmed in Arizona A woman from Maricopa County was confirmed to have contracted the Zika virus, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced Monday.The woman had traveled outside of the United States to an area affected with Zika and later developed symptoms o Wochit (Photo: The Republic) United Blood Services officials...
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Haitian Wages A meme that claims that the State Department under Hillary Clinton fought to keep Haiti’s minimum wage from reaching $0.61 an hour is correct, but lacks context.

April 5, 2016
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Haitian Wages A meme that claims that the State Department under Hillary Clinton fought to keep Haiti’s minimum wage from reaching $0.61 an hour is correct, but lacks context.

Brooke Binkowski Claim: The United States fought to keep Haiti’s minimum wage from going up to $0.61 cents an hour. Example: Origin:Haiti’s relationship with the United States and Europe can most charitably be described as complicated. Haiti’s earliest days were characterized by oppression and opposition: the country (once the...
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As mosquito season arrives, is the U.S. ready for Zika?

April 3, 2016
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As mosquito season arrives, is the U.S. ready for Zika?

By Dr. Lex O. McMillan III Although Haiti is our near neighbor geographically, its distance from the United States culturally and economically would be difficult to exaggerate. While many areas, including Terrebonne and Lafourche, have mosquito-control programs, “we can’t spray our way out of this situation,” one expert says. AP/File Lena H. Sun The...
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USDA Provides Nutritious U.S. Peanuts in Humanitarian Effort for Haiti

April 1, 2016
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USDA Provides Nutritious U.S. Peanuts in Humanitarian Effort for Haiti

Posted by Sandra Wood, Deputy Administrator for Commodity Operations, USDA Farm Service Agency, on March 31, 2016 at 4:00 PM U.S. peanut farmers produce more than 4 million metric tons of peanuts each year that provide consumers a monounsaturated fats and protein rich food that also is a good source of vitamin E, niacin...
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Team of Rival Scientists Comes Together to Fight Zika

March 31, 2016
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Team of Rival Scientists Comes Together to Fight Zika

By AMY HARMONMARCH 30, 2016 A female Aedes aegypti mosquito takes a “blood meal” from Ben Matthews, a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University. Dozens of her offspring, all fathered by a single male, were the source of the DNA needed to create a new genome map with modern sequencing and assembly techniques. Credit Hilary...
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Many Americans are dangerously wrong about Zika virus

March 30, 2016
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Many Americans are dangerously wrong about Zika virus

Many Americans are woefully misinformed when it comes to understanding the risks of Zika virus, a new Harvard poll has found. The mosquito-borne virus may spread into some parts of the southern United States during the upcoming mosquito season, public health officials predict. But a lot of U.S. residents aren’t armed with accurate information...
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Timberland Commissions Study to Test Feasibility of Reintroducing Cotton as Haitian Export Crop

March 23, 2016
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Timberland Commissions Study to Test Feasibility of Reintroducing Cotton as Haitian Export Crop

Timberland Commissions Study to Test Feasibility of Reintroducing Cotton as Haitian Export Crop Timberland, Smallholder Farmers Alliance and Impact Farming Join Forces to Explore Expansion of Successful Sustainable Agroforestry Model in Haiti STRATHAM, N.H., March 22, 2016 – Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland, Impact Farming and Haiti-based Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) today announced the...
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Brazil says confirmed and suspected microcephaly cases rise to 5,200

March 23, 2016
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Brazil says confirmed and suspected microcephaly cases rise to 5,200

The number of confirmed and suspected cases of microcephaly in Brazil associated with the Zika virus rose to 5,200 in the week through March 19, from 5,131 a week earlier, the health ministry said on Tuesday. Of these, the number of confirmed cases climbed to 907 from 863 a week earlier, while suspected ones...
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CDC issues a Cuba travel warning over the Zika virus

March 20, 2016
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CDC issues a Cuba travel warning over the Zika virus

Ann Swanson- Washington Post Health authorities with the help of the Cuban army fumigate against the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the spread of zika, chikungunya and dengue in a street of Havana, on Feb. 23. The Zika virus is now being transmitted from mosquitoes to people in Cuba, the Centers for Disease Control...
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Zika: Panama has ‘first microcephaly case outside Brazil’

March 20, 2016
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Zika: Panama has ‘first microcephaly case outside Brazil’

Panama has registered a baby born with a brain disorder believed linked to the Zika virus, in what is thought to be the first such case outside Brazil in the current outbreak. Traces of the mosquito-born virus were found in the baby’s umbilical cord. The baby had been born with an underdeveloped brain, a...
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Zika virus infection could trigger Guillain–Barré syndrome

March 18, 2016
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Zika virus infection could trigger Guillain–Barré syndrome

Observations from French Polynesia during a Zika virus outbreak 2 years ago add the virus to the list of pathogens that can trigger Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS), a severe neurological disorder characterized by progressive muscle weakness that can result in respiratory failure. The findings of the new case–control study, published in The Lancet, could have...
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Timberland Kicks Off National Tour of Documentary Film “KOMBIT: The Cooperative”

March 15, 2016
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Timberland Kicks Off National Tour of  Documentary Film “KOMBIT: The Cooperative”

Timberland Kicks Off National Tour of Documentary Film “KOMBIT: The Cooperative” Commitment to plant five million trees sows seeds of hope in Haiti Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has announced the national tour of “KOMBIT: The Cooperative.” a documentary film chronicling a five-year project to reforest Haiti in partnership with the Smallholder Farmers Alliance...
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Haiti records nearly 100 cholera deaths in first two months of 2016

March 15, 2016
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Haiti records nearly 100 cholera deaths in first two months of 2016

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Haiti says it has recorded 96 people have died from cholera during the first two months of this year. The Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) said there were also 7, 782 cases of the disease during the period January 1 to February 27. But it said...
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