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Health Facilities Attacked In 19 Countries During 2015, 2016, Report Says

Associated Press: New report says health facilities attacked in 19 countries “Deliberate or indiscriminate attacks have decimated health facilities, killed medical workers and patients, and deprived countless civilians of care in 19 countries during 2015 and the first three months of 2016, a coalition of more than 30 health and…

Breastfeeding Critical For Child Survival In Humanitarian Emergencies

Devex: Breastfeeding in emergencies: A question of survival Francesco Branca, director of nutrition for health and development at the WHO, and Werner Schultink, associate director in the program division of UNICEF in New York and chief of nutrition “…Breastfeeding becomes … critical for survival in humanitarian emergencies, where young children…

International Community Should Reform Approach To Humanitarian Aid

Devex: The World Humanitarian Summit is an opportunity to enact reform and deliver better, evidence-based aid David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee “…We need a change of approach [for humanitarian aid], not just a change of policy. Better aid means moving from being a sector to…

Donor Governments Should Prioritize Sexual, Reproductive Health Care In Emergency Settings

The Guardian: Sexual health gets little attention in a crisis, with devastating results Tewodros Melesse, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation “…[T]he demand for sexual and reproductive health care is much higher than normal in crisis situations. These are essential services and must form part of any humanitarian…

Access To Health Care ‘Essential To Shared Humanity,’ WHO Official Says

WHO: A new world, a new agenda for humanity In a commentary, Bruce Aylward, WHO executive director ad interim of outbreaks and health emergencies, discusses access to health care, writing, “Providing assistance to [people in conflict and emergency situations] is the right thing to do. But it is also in…

World Humanitarian Summit Attendees Expected To Discuss Funding, Coordination, Measures

Devex: The World Humanitarian Summit: What to expect “Some 5,000 representatives from nongovernmental organizations, foundations, aid agencies, and dozens of United Nations member states will gather for the first World Humanitarian Summit next week. … At issue are a host of thorny debates about how to fund, organize, coordinate, and…

BMJ Analysis Outlines Key Questions Next WHO Director General Should Address

The BMJ: Facing forward after Ebola: questions for the next director general of the World Health Organization Devi Sridhar, professor of global public health, and colleagues discuss the election process for the next WHO director general and “outline the key questions on epidemics preparedness for prospective candidates,” writing, “Our primary…

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