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WFP, FAO Taking Steps To Feed People In Ebola-Hit West African Nations

Media sources report on efforts to feed people in the three countries most affected by the Ebola epidemic, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. CNN: Feeding people on Ebola’s front lines “…According to Bettina Luescher, the [World Food Programme's] chief spokeswoman for North America, the WFP has provided food and assistance…

Addressing Malnutrition ‘Critical’ To Advance U.S. Global Development Objectives

The Hill: Addressing malnutrition U.S. Reps. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) “Malnutrition is the largest single contributor to child mortality worldwide, and according to the World Health Organization is the underlying cause of death for at least three million children every year. As the United States continues its…

South Sudanese Face Lack Of Health Care, Food Insecurity, Sexual Violence

News outlets report on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, where violence is impeding access to health care and threatening famine. In addition, a U.N. envoy warns about the damage to future generations from sexual violence. The Lancet: Fighting restricts access to health care in South Sudan “…The fighting that…

News Outlets Report On Various Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

News outlets publish articles on various aspects of the Ebola epidemic and response. International Business Times: Ebola Outbreak: Five People Infected Every Hour In Sierra Leone, Says NGO (Shankar, 10/2). Nature: Ebola outbreak shuts down malaria-control efforts (Hayden, 10/1). Newsweek: Officials Warn Ebola Outbreak Is Morphing Into a Humanitarian Crisis…

Renewed U.S.-India Partnership To Address Health, Development

Washington Post: A renewed U.S.-India partnership for the 21st century Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama “As nations committed to democracy, liberty, diversity, and enterprise, India and the United States are bound by common values and mutual interests. We have each shaped the positive trajectory of…

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…