UN: Give Some of Haiti Money to Disaster Preparedness

Margareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations chief on disaster risk reduction, has urged donors to put at least a tenth of the Haiti rebuilding aid toward disaster risk mitigation, The Associated Press reports.

The U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction blamed earthquakes for 60 percent of disaster-related deaths, while storms have caused 22 percent of those cases.

Wahlstrom said Haiti would have had adequately trained hospital staff and sufficient medical equipment had it been prepared for the Jan. 12 earthquake.

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    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.