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Ebola Epidemic Causing Economic, Social Crises In Liberia

News outlets report on Ebola-stricken Liberia’s collapsed health care system and failing economy. Agence France-Presse: Ebola-hit Liberia staring into the abyss, experts warn “With its collapsed health service, sick and poorly equipped security forces, and broken economy, Ebola-hit Liberia finds itself on the brink of complete societal breakdown, experts warn…”…

Medill-USA Today Investigation Finds Inefficiencies In U.S. Food Aid Program

USA Today: Hunger pains: U.S. food program struggles to move forward “After more than 60 years of feeding the world’s hungry overseas, the U.S. Agency for International Development is scrambling to overhaul the world’s largest government food assistance program. The U.S. spends more than half of its international food aid…

Latin American Leaders, U.N.’s Ban Urge Sustained Commitment To MDGs

News outlets report on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the call from Latin American leaders and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for sustained commitment to achieve those goals, and talks surrounding the establishment of new development goals. Thomson Reuters Foundation: As U.N. meets, world struggles for soul of new development…

U.N. North Korean Food Aid Program In Danger Of Closing

Wall Street Journal: U.N. North Korea Food Program in Danger “The United Nations aid program for malnourished North Koreans may close after raising only a fraction of the money it needs to operate in the country, a senior U.N. official said in a call for donations…” (Cheng, 9/25).

Hunger Crisis In S. Sudan ‘Eases’ But Risk Remains For 2015, WFP Says

News outlets report that rainfall and emergency food aid have helped ease South Sudan’s hunger crisis; however, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), the country still faces risks to food security in 2015. BBC News: South Sudan hunger crisis ‘eases’ “South Sudan’s hunger crisis has eased after a ‘green…

Liberia Struggles With HCW, Food Shortages Amid Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on Liberia’s continuing shortage of health care workers and increasing threats to food security as Ebola continues to spread. Reuters: Liberia facing massive shortage of foreign help against Ebola: U.N. “Liberia, the West African state hardest-hit by the worst Ebola outbreak in history, remains gravely short of…

WFP Head Warns Global Food Aid Demand Outpacing Resources

News outlets report on warnings from the World Food Programme that worldwide demand for food aid is overwhelming its resources. Associated Press: U.N. says there’s unprecedented demand for food aid “The World Food Programme’s top official said it’s unprecedented that the U.N. aid agency finds itself simultaneously responding to half…

Innovative Financing Puts Oil Revenues Toward Child Nutrition In Congo

Reuters: Interview: U.N. entrepreneur taps African oil for child health “Republic of Congo has become the first country to agree to divert part of its oil revenues towards childhood nutrition, a victory for ‘innovative financing’ to help the world’s poorest, [UNITAID] creator Philippe Douste-Blazy said in an interview…” (Miles, 9/19).