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By Jennifer Browning

As Haiti continues to recover from last year’s hurricanes, floods caused by torrential rains during the past three days in the tiny Caribbean country killed 11 people, two being in Haiti’s Central Plateau. Most victims were killed when their homes collapsed or while trying to cross rivers.

A Reuters article reported that across the country, 600 families are left homeless as homes have been damaged or destroyed from the flooding.

In the rural areas, Haiti is vulnerable to floods due to massive deforestation and because many shanty towns were built near river beds. Poor drainage complicates matters in the cities.

Project Medishare agronomists are currently working with locals in Thomonde and Marmont to improve agricultural opportunities in the Central Plateau. With combined efforts between the agricultural program and the Akamil project, agronomists are able to address an important issues regarding environmental degradation and climate change adaptation in the Central Plateau

Check out what Project Medishare is doing in partnership with the Global Institute at the University of Miami with their Growing Connections project.

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By Jennifer Browning
Two months after his visit to Haiti with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in an effort to raise global attention to the Caribbean country, former President Clinton has been named special envoy to Haiti on behalf of the United Nations.

In April, foreign donors agreed to donate $324 million toward Haiti’s rebuilding efforts at a donors conference in Washington last month. During the conference Clinton encouraged donors to not just donate money but encouraged donors to make investments that would help improve Haiti’s infrastructure.

The former president plans to use his Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together the world’s top business and government leaders every September, to talk about what he has seen and heard from students, laborers, government leaders and business people.

Twenty-four hours after his recent visit to Haiti, Clinton said he believed Haiti was in a better position to make progress.

Previously, Clinton helped raise tens of millions of dollars following the 2004 tsunami as U.N. special envoy for tsunami recovery. It is expected that Clinton will travel to Haiti at least four times a year.

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By Jennifer Browning

Project Medishare co-founder Dr. Barth A. Green, will be given the AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award today during the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s annual Health Care Heroes Awards luncheon at Jungle Island.

Dr. Green founded Project Medishare with Dr. Arthur Fournier in 1995 and is an active advocate for better healthcare in Haiti. Currently he is the professor and chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Miami.

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