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LatinNews Daily - 20 May 2019

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In brief: Haiti

* The World Bank (WB) has announced three new projects for a total amount of US$162m in grants to improve the quality of health and education services and strengthen climate resilience in Haiti. According to a WB press release, the US$70m 'Strengthening Primary Health Care and Surveillance in Haiti' project will “significantly enhance basic healthcare services for three million people, particularly for pregnant women and children. It will strengthen nationwide surveillance capacity and immunization for infectious diseases”. The project will also improve the overall coordination among government and international partners in the health sector. The second approved grant for the US$57m 'Providing an Education of Quality in Haiti' project is to increase enrolment and improve the school learning condition in public and private primary schools in Haiti’s southern departments. The project will particularly focus on closing the gender gaps in attendance and retention rates. The third project, 'Strengthening Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience', which will be financed by a US$35m grant, will support the design of a national early warning system and improve emergency response and evacuation capacity of targeted municipalities in high climate risk-prone areas. It will also reinforce infrastructure such as schools and community centres to serve as emergency shelters, provide technical training, and support for strengthening the building codes.