Somalia faces its “worst humanitarian crisis since civil war began in the country 18 years ago, with half of the countryâ€™s population in need of emergency aid,” the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit, a U.N. agency, said in a report released Monday, Bloomberg reports.
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently sent an eight member task force, led by the foundationâ€™s country head Ashok Alexander, to the Indian state of Bihar, which has experienced significant flooding in many districts, PTI/Hindu reports (8/30).
PEPFAR Annual Meeting:Â The meeting, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, this week,Â “provides a unique opportunity for us to reflect upon our achievements, work on solutions to solve the latest challenges, and identify the next steps to carry this momentum forward,” and “serves as a testament to the remarkable contributions of…
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Up To 400,000 People Affected By Flooding In Northern Namibia As many as 400,000 people in Namibia may be affected by severe flooding in the northern part of the country, according to authorities who are gaining access to hard-to-reach remote areas, News24 reports. This would be more people in need…
Chances Of Dying In Natural Disaster Decreasing, Economic Costs Increasing Worldwide, U.N. Report Says
The risk of dying in a natural disaster is decreasing worldwide, but the economic toll weather-related catastrophes inflict is rising “often due to a lack of investment,” according to a new U.N. report released in Geneva on Tuesday, Reuters reports. According to the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, “[d]amage to infrastructure â€“ schools, health centers, roads, bridges â€“ is soaring in many low- and middle-income countries despite improvements in many early warning systems,” the news agency writes (Nebehay, 5/10).
The U.N.’s response to severe flooding in Pakistan was “patchy,” according to a report from the U.K.’s International Development Committee, which also said leadership and humanitarian coordination since the flooding started has been poor, AlertNet reports (Nguyen, 5/10). As of February, about $1.2 billion of the U.N.’s $1.9 billion appeal had been received, according to the report, Reuters writes. Of the money received, only $720 million in aid has been delivered, the report said (5/9).
“Many public hospitals in Cote d’Ivoire are overflowing as people rush to benefit from a brief period of free medical services, announced by the government [in April] as part of the recovery from months of post-election chaos. But the health ministry has been quick to point out that this is a temporary measure and fees will be reinstated at the end of May,” IRIN writes in a story examining reaction to health care in the country.
Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Donald Payne (D-N.J.), and Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) write in a Huffington Post opinion piece that the “increasing gravity of the situation” of internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Haiti “requires an urgent response. This is why we and 50 other members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking the U.S. administration to ‘take decisive action’ and ‘work with the incoming government of Haiti and the international community to ensure that the rights and vital needs of IDP communities are addressed in a timely and efficient manner. … In short, an already intolerable situation is about to get worse. Swift, efficient action is needed if we are to avoid another full-fledged humanitarian crisis” (5/17).
As part of a four-country tour, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday arrived in Nigeria, where he highlighted the importance of fighting maternal and child mortality in the country, which has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Africa, Agence France-Presse reports (5/22).
The Russian Federation in 2010 spent more than $80 million to improve health in developing countries, according to a report prepared by the country’s Ministry of Finance highlighting “how the country is meeting its G8 commitments ahead of the upcoming summit in Deauville, France,” the Moscow Times reports.