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As Haitian Rescues Dwindle, Relief Efforts Focus on Medical Treatment and Meeting Basic Needs

The chances of finding new survivors in the rubble of last week’s earthquake in Haiti are now minimal, said a top Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) official today. But many survivors need urgent medical attention if they are to recover fully from injuries sustained in the quake.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2010 04:07
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PAHO: Haiti Relief Coordination Improving, But Still "Not Satisfactory"

A top official of the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) acknowledged today that "much more needs to be done" to ensure that the international outpouring of relief aid after Haiti's earthquake reaches the people who need it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2010 10:13
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PAHO: Haiti Relief Efforts Continue to Face Major Obstacles

Six days after the earthquake in Haiti, relief efforts are overcoming some initial communication and logistics problems, but "we are not satisfied with our ability to get health services to those who urgently need them," said the Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Jon Andrus. "We are aiming for an A+, but we are not there."

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2010 11:59
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PAHO/WHO and Other U.N. Agencies Strive to Coordinate Aid in Haiti

More than 36 countries and dozens of humanitarian organizations have joined the relief effort in Haiti with in-kind and monetary donations and by sending personnel, a top official of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) noted today. But the sheer volume of aid, the growing numbers of people arriving, and inadequate coordination of efforts are complicating the effective delivery of aid.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2010 03:11
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PAHO: Outpouring of Quake Aid Heightens Need for Coordination

Welcoming a "phenomenal" outpouring of aid for Haiti from countries in the Americas and throughout the world, a top Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) official said today that coordinating aid efforts was essential to ensure efficiency and to prevent added stress on local infrastructure, services, and even the population itself.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 January 2010 08:24
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