Travel Warning - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE - Bureau of Consular Affairs - Haiti

December 28, 2012

Rebuilding in Haiti Lags After Billions in Post-Quake Aid

Vegetable vendors worked recently amid rubble in Port-au-Prince, three years after an earthquake devastated the city. Damon Winter/The New York Times

The New York Times - by Deborah Sontag - December 23, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Haiti in emergency aid plea as disaster piles upon disaster

Image: Hurricane Sandy hit Haiti last week, compunding more than a year of misery for the 370,000 refugees living in temporary camps. Photograph: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty - Ocotber 30th, 2012 - Johnathan Watts

Haiti and the United Nations are planning an appeal for emergency aid after Hurricane Sandy killed 54 people and devastated crops last week before going on to hit the United States.

With hundreds of thousands of people still living in tents after the earthquake in 2010, Haiti was hardest hit by the storm. The call for donations follows a 96% drop in financial support for UN humanitarian programmes over the past two years, despite the continued vulnerability of the western hemisphere's poorest country.


Haiti-Floods: At least 10 dead and four missing in Cap-Haitien .. population at bay

Image: Flooding in Haiti. - November 10th, 2012 - Wedlyne Jacques

At least 10 people, particularly children, have died in weather recorded on the night of Thursday 8 to Friday, November 9, 2012 in Cap-Haitien (the second largest city in 248 km north of the capital), according to an official tally of the departmental (North) risk management and disaster that has read the online agency AlterPresse.

4 people are missing, while many houses have collapsed, others damaged, according to official statements.

Other sources suggest a greater number of deaths.


Heavy rain, the situation

Image: Flooding in Haiti. - November 10th, 2012

Friday, as part of Tripartite Project Brazil-Cuba-Haiti, for the strengthening of public health system in Haiti, Brazil announced that 13 Haitian professionals specialized in the prevention and control of communicable diseases were selected and hired. An investment of one million U.S. dollars in the project, in financial and material resources to enable the implementation and deployment of epidemiological surveillance in the 10 departments during the next 12 months.

In Brazil, the project is headed by the Ministry of Health and partners such as the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and the Federal Universities of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and Santa Catarina (UFSC).


For Haitians, Two Dramatic Tales of Hurricane Sandy

Image: Wading through flood waters in Haiti - November 5th, 2012

Most recently, the National Haitian American Health Alliance held its 9th annual conference, drawing the connection between health and solutions for 21st century Haiti. The irony is not lost on us when families from Haiti started to call us to see how we fared when hurricane Sandy hit New York. Haitian on the island were still reeling from the fury of the same storm the night of October 24.


Turning Rural Indians Into Water Entrepreneurs

Image: Water filtration system. - November 1st, 2012 - Whintey Pastorek

In Sanskrit, jal is the root for “water,” and sarva is the root for “everyone.” Put them together, and you’ve got exactly what Sarvajal delivers: Water for all. Originally launched as a nonprofit experiment in 2007, the company has grown into a thriving hub-and-spoke model of over 150 Sarvajal franchisees operating small reverse-osmosis filtration plants and revolutionary Water ATMs in India’s northwestern states, and its potent combination of entrepreneurship, common sense, and tech savvy has made a significant change in the quality of life for thousands of rural Indian villagers. “In 60 years of existence, India has always had getting clean water to people as the last mile at the top of its list of things to do,” says Sarvajal CEO Anand Shah. “We figured that if you put a lot of smart people on this idea, maybe you could come up with a solution.”


Situation Report - Vodrey

One of the houses washed away by the river (SEE LINK BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOS AND .PDF DOCUMENT)

submitted by Sabina Carlson - October 26, 2012

Update on Damage in Vodrey: Post-Sandy

REDD and Smits Model Reforestation

Image: In 2002, Willie Smits began restoring this tropical rainforest, degraded by timber piracy and agricultural burning, to its natural state. Six years later, the European Space Agency documented increased cloud cover, increased rainfall, and moderated temperatures over this restored ecosystem. In 2010, insects and birds not seen in 20 years began returning to this forest.

submitted by Jean Woolridge - January, 2011 - Eric Rasmussen

Climate alterations are already making several areas of the globe increasingly inhospitable to continued human occupation, and environmental refugees are becoming a measurable fraction of the world’s displaced populations. Despite the clarity of the data, mitigation strategies around climate change have been difficult to implement. At the same time, climate research over the last decade has revealed unexpected and potentially rewarding opportunities to improve the circumstances of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.


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