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Violence Grips South Sudan; Aid Groups Struggle To Provide Assistance

News outlets report on continuing violence in South Sudan, where humanitarian aid groups are struggling to provide assistance amid the destruction of hospitals and other facilities. Associated Press/ABC News: Scenes of Death in South Sudan: ‘No Humanity Here’ “…Human Rights Watch said Thursday that both government and rebel forces are…

New York Times Examines Foreign Policy, Diplomacy Surrounding Gay Rights

New York Times: Antigay Laws Gain Global Attention; Countering Them Remains Challenge “…The issue of gay rights has catapulted up the diplomatic agenda in recent years, as international organizations have extended rights protections to gays and lesbians and donor nations have faced new challenges in dealing with governments that discriminate…”…

WFP Forced To Scale Back Food Rations In DRC

U.N. News Centre: DR Congo: funding gap forces U.N. agency to scale back food rations “The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced [Friday] that a major funding gap is forcing the agency to scale back geographical coverage of its work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and…

WHO Activates New Cholera Vaccine Stockpile In South Sudan

Reuters: Q&A with WHO: Cholera vaccine stockpile — a new tool to avoid needless suffering “The World Health Organization (WHO) has activated for the first time a new cholera vaccine emergency stockpile to protect hundreds of thousands displaced by conflict in South Sudan and living in temporary camps. Although there…

Malaria Cases Decline But Many Still At Risk

News outlets report on continued efforts to eliminate malaria in Asia and Africa. While the number of deaths due to malaria declines, many are still at risk of the disease. IRIN: Malaria fight sees decade of progress, with pitfalls ahead “A lot can change in a decade … the field…

Aid Cuts To Uganda Will Not Affect Maternal, Child Health Program, Official Says

News outlets continue to report on reaction to and implications of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law. Associated Press/Washington Post: Aid cuts, delays hit Uganda’s poor health sector “The health project in Uganda for which the World Bank is delaying a loan does not face an immediate shortage of money, an official said…

Most Southern African Countries Will Miss MDG Targets For Water, Sanitation, Report Says

News outlets highlight a new report (.pdf) from WaterAid examining Southern African countries’ progress on water and sanitation goals. The Guardian: Southern African leaders fail to prioritize water and sanitation “The majority of Southern Africans are living in an ‘unrelenting struggle against sanitation and water poverty,’ according to a new…

UNICEF Educates Somaliland Communities About Harms Of FGM

Associated Press: Somaliland leaders want female genitals to be cut “…UNICEF is weaving a delicate campaign to educate communities in Somaliland about the harms of female genital mutilation and to get leaders, who are meeting there this month to debate the practice, to denounce it. Child rights advocates in nearly…

Food Crisis Set To Worsen In CAR, U.N. Official Warns

News outlets discuss the challenges that U.N. agencies face in delivering food to conflict-torn Central African Republic. Agence France-Presse: Food crisis looms in strife-torn Central Africa: U.N. “A food crisis is looming in the Central African Republic after nearly a year of inter-religious violence, a U.N. humanitarian official warned Sunday…”…