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UNICEF Appeals For Record $3.1B To Help Children In Humanitarian Emergencies

Thomson Reuters Foundation: UNICEF makes record appeal to help 60 million children in crisis “The U.N. Children’s Fund launched a record $3.1 billion appeal on Thursday to enable it to help children caught up in a ‘new generation’ of conflicts and disasters round the world, $1 billion more than it…

Drug Users, Others Left With Few Health Care Options In War-Torn East Ukraine

Inter Press Service: Marginalized Groups Struggle to Access Health Care in Conflict-Torn East Ukraine “With international organizations warning that East Ukraine is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe as its health system collapses, marginalized groups are among those facing the greatest struggle to access even basic health care in…

USAID’s DART Team Faced Logistical Challenges In Ebola Response

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Anatomy of a Logistics Operation: How USAID is Equipping Ebola Fighters on the Frontlines Carol Han, press officer for USAID’s Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), discusses the logistical challenges and complex coordination DART members faced in responding to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa (1/28).

Private Sector Must Join Governments In Providing Unprecedented Amount Of Humanitarian Aid

Project Syndicate: Aid in a World of Crisis António Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees “…Protracted wars, environmental disasters, and state failure have stretched the international humanitarian aid system passed its breaking point. If the UNHCR and other relief agencies are to address the unprecedented amount of human need, they…

World Must Better Prepare For Future Pandemics

Project Syndicate: Diseases Without Borders Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group “…The WEF’s [World Economic Forum] Global Risks report emphasizes the need for robust plans to face the threat of pandemics. This is especially urgent in light of the rapid growth of cities and informal settlements –…