WHO/PAHO are part of an extraordinary humanitarian response to help the people of Haiti. This video produced by WHO highlights all the health action in the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake and the tragedy that followed. Select this link to see the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIHIjWiWu5U

What happens to newborns and small children in the immediate aftermath of a disaster the magnitude of Haiti's? Malnutrition, morbidity, and mortality can occur in a matter of hours, with the risk being highest among newborns. UNICEF, WHO, and the World Food Program have just released guidelines addressing the current health and nutrition needs of Haitian children and their mothers.

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In an interview Tuesday 19 January with Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour, PAHO Deputy Director Jon Andrus expressed cautious optimism at the steady progress being made in ground-level coordination in Haiti among numerous international relief partners. He described the priorities of PAHO/WHO as the lead agency of the health cluster and how it and other U.N. agencies are joining forces to maximize efficiencies.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has a new web page on the Haiti earthquake situation with links for both government agencies and non-governmental organizations, including a section on Haitian Creole and French-language materials. The information is compiled by the Disaster Information Management Research Center, Specialized Information Services of the NLM.

The Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has received a donation of medicines from the Queen Sofía Foundation of Spain, worth 600.000 Euros. The drugs will be used to treat people affected by the earthquake that struck Haiti last Tuesday.