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U.N. Officials Urge Continued Humanitarian Support For Countries Affected By Conflict, Natural Disaster

The U.N. News Centre on Friday published several articles highlighting comments from U.N. officials regarding the humanitarian crises in Central African Republic (CAR), Philippines, and South Sudan. U.N. News Centre: ‘Extremely grave’ situation in Central African Republic demands urgent action — U.N. official “Painting a grim picture of war-torn Central…

South Sudan Undoes Gains In Food Security, U.N. Says

VOA News: South Sudan Conflict Erases Gains in Food Security, U.N. Agencies Say “The conflict in South Sudan has undone the strides the young country has taken toward food security in recent years, U.N. agencies said Monday. Food insecurity levels had dropped to a record low of 3.4 percent of…

Humanitarian Groups Should Focus On Efficiently, Quickly Saving Lives

The Guardian: Why David Miliband is wrong about humanitarian goals Jonathan Whittall, head of humanitarian analysis at Médecins Sans Frontières “In a recent opinion piece in The Guardian, former British foreign secretary and now the head of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband, argued that the goals of humanitarian action…

Rohingya Struggle To Access Health Care After MSF Forced To Halt Myanmar Operations

News outlets report on the condition of Myanmar’s health system in its Rakhine state after Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, was forced to stop its operations there. Associated Press: Rohingya dying from lack of health care in Myanmar “…Living conditions in The Chaung village and surrounding camps…

Reports Highlight Damage To Children, Health Care System In Syria

News outlets report on two recently released reports on how the Syrian conflict is affecting children and health care in the country. Save the Children published “A Devastating Toll” (.pdf), and UNICEF published “Under Siege.” Agence France-Presse: Syria conflict affects 5.5 million children: U.N. “The number of children affected by…

‘Long Way To Go’ To Reach Universal Sanitation Access In Mali

Devex: Rebuilding taps and toilets in Mali Fatoumata Haidara, WaterAid country representative in Zambia “Just over a year ago, Mali was plunged into civil war as militants took over the north of the country and France staged a military intervention to push them back. … Before the war, the situation…

Cameroon Struggles To Keep Up With Influx Of CAR Refugees

IRIN: CAR refugees overwhelm Cameroon “Up to 130,000 refugees have fled from the Central African Republic (CAR) to Cameroon, many of them wounded from attacks, dehydrated or traumatized, say local officials and aid workers, who are struggling to cope with the speed of the influx…” (3/12).

Conflict-Torn South Sudan Could Face Famine, U.S., E.U. Envoys Warn

Agence France-Presse: War-torn South Sudan facing ‘spectre’ of famine: U.S., E.U. envoys “South Sudan faces possible famine if warring forces continue to flout a ceasefire deal, U.S. and E.U. envoys warned Thursday, after almost three months of raging conflict left thousands dead…” (Fortin, 3/13).

Rohingya Deprived Of Medical Care After MSF Is Forced To Halt Operations In Myanmar

New York Times: Ban on Doctors’ Group Imperils Muslim Minority in Myanmar “Nearly 750,000 people, most of them members of a Muslim minority in one of the poorest parts of Myanmar, have been deprived of most medical services since the government banned the operations of Doctors Without Borders [Médecins Sans…

Humanitarian Response To Disasters Should Not Exclude Disabled People

“People with impairments suffer disproportionately when a humanitarian disaster strikes. There is a long history of disabled people being excluded from humanitarian crisis responses,” Sue Coe, a development and disability inclusion consultant, writes in SciDev.Net. “Providing access to humanitarian response for disabled people shouldn’t be classified as ‘taking risks.’ It…