A health campaign against Tetanus has been launched in Haiti by the Minister of Health and Population Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume, over the weekend. Delegates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as those from UNICEF were also present. The program would end on 5th of May. A total of 240,000 babies are targeted to be given this protection against the lethal disease. Haiti at present has the highest rate of child mortality in the world. This campaign and similar ones in future is expected to stem this trend. PAHO/WHO Director Carissa F. Etienne applauded the political will of Haiti to make such campaigns a success.
One of the most precious of natural resource, gas, has been placed on the government’s high priority list of monitoring. Accuracy of the fuel stocked in gas stations of Port-au-Prince has been taken up by the government as a first step. Inspectors of MCI have taken up the pilot project at 14 gas stations in Lalue. Petrol and kerosene levels at these stations have been quantified and then marked as checked on the date. The measuring equipment used by these gas stations was certified for accuracy by this process. This process is expected to help both the government as well as individual consumers as their confidence in the vending machines would be reassured.
Repatriation of 308 Haitians who had migrated over to the Dominican Republic has been completed with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). These Haitian’s had been living in the Dominican Republic for the last 5 years. The IOM in 2009 started the program of identifying and registering refugees in the Dominican Republic. In total 4000 Haitian’s have been identified who reside in the Dominican Republic. Most of these Haitian’s had moved there post the earthquake of 2010. IOM program assists the refugees with transportation, and customs as well as immigration process. They also provide some money for assisting the people to settle up after return to Haiti.
Haiti President, Michel Martelly appealed to the people at large for safeguarding and protecting natural resources of the country. He was speaking at the event of “World Water Day” which was being held on 22nd March. That protecting this life saving resource was important is what he stressed upon. He called upon actors of national stature to participate in this project and identify methods to safeguard the water. Also he wanted them to spread awareness of the various projects undertaken by the government in this regard. The government has earmarked 157 million gourds towards water preservation projects this fiscal year.
As part of the National Day of the Diaspora (JND), a marathon has been scheduled to be held on 20th April. This would be the last day of the event being conducted jointly by the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE), and the Haitian Federation of Amateur Athletics (FHAA). The marathon has three age groups and registration for the same is presently open. Registration would close on April 12. Participants desiring of registration must have a medical certificate. Clubs and academies all over Haiti have been personally invited for sending in participants for the marathon. This includes overseas organizations as well.
The Minister of Economy and Finance has tendered her resignation to the Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. Quoting lack of support for the various projects that she has tried to implement, she has expressed regret that her own party has not extended the support they were supposed to give. These reforms, she mentions, were aimed at betterment of the future of Haiti. The job that she had taken on itself was one that few people considered thankful of. She mentions in her resignation letter that she had yet taken on the task with full vigor. She stated that she had tried to replace the economic process that was outdated and unscientific with new processes. This was not supported by others of the government and party, for which she felt hindered and therefore submitting her resignation.
Possible Haiti News Source: Radio Metropole : Canadian journalists were busy preparing visuals which would showcase Habitation Leclerc as the destination of choice in the Northern region. The handing over of hotels to the Canadian team for promoting it as a tourist spot was signed between the government in Haiti and the Canadian tour operator. There were other political dignitaries also who visited the site. The journalists’ who visited the region were also taken to the Museum of Haitian National Pantheon (MUPANAH). The history and culture of the region has been well captured in the museum. Other acquisitions of tourist infrastructure by private operators would help tourism in Haiti to flourish.
With the demand for elections growing in tempo all over Haiti, the government is taking steps to indicate its seriousness on conduct of the same at the earliest. One of the steps being taken is the promise to reduce the strength of Minstar by thirty percent. This was presented in a report by the Secretary-General on the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti. The Haiti police would get more active and the Minstar would play a supportive role when so asked to. This reduction is expected to take place by 2016 in a progressive manner. By then the police force is expected to have risen to 15,000 officers.
This town dates back by 45 years, and yet did not have any town hall. This is going to change soon as the administration has decided to build a town hall here. Municipal agents and officers had to make do with temporary office space for their work. The building has been built in such a fashion that it can withstand quite a degree of seismic incidents. Cost of the project has worked out to be 95,000 USD and carried out under the Quick Impact Project scheme. It took three months to build this town hall.
Godefroy is the Minister of Communication and it is her ministry that handles the functioning of the national printing press. Official acts of the nation are printed at this press. However, the building that houses the press is itself quite a dilapidated one. Archived data and documents are kept in a dis-arranged and shoddy manner. Lack of storage space and general working condition of the office is very poor. She had been accompanied by the Technical Director of the national press, Gerald Compere. Need for immediate attention is what the national press requires.