Shipping company UPS on Thursday at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting, “announced a multi-year, $9 million project to help relief organizations respond better to global emergencies,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Health In Emergency Situations/Humanitarian Assistance
The Health Department in the Philippines “warned Monday of a possible spread of infectious diseases” in the capital of Manila, which has had the largest rainfall “in nearly half a century, according to the government weather bureau,” the New York Times reports. Rains have flooded “80 percent of this metropolis of 12 million people” and killed 240 so far. The government declared a “‘state of calamity’ in metropolitan Manila and 25 storm-hit provinces, including many that had not flooded before, allowing officials to use emergency funds for relief and rescue,” the newspaper writes.
“Foreign emergency rescue teams are racing to reach earthquake devastated areas of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, as the death toll continues to rise” after a 7.6 magnitude-quake struck earlier this week, VOA News reports.
“Thousands of people on Wednesday grappled with the devastation caused by two powerful earthquakes, with landslides leaving scores trapped in rubble in Indonesia and a tsunami in the Samoas,” the Washington Post reports.
Several news outlets continued to cover the health impact of the recent spate of natural disasters around the globe.
Health Officials Spray Indonesian City To Prevent Diseases; News Outlets Examine Other Natural Disasters
News outlets explore the health implications of natural disasters in Indonesia, the Philippines, Tonga, Samoa and India.
U.N. Appeals For $74M To Provide Emergency Assistance In The Philippines; Health-Effects Of Other Natural Disasters
Several news outlets published articles about the health-related effects in the aftermath of natural disasters around the globe: The U.N. on Tuesday launched an appeal for $74 million “to provide emergency assistance to hundreds of thousands of victims of two catastrophic typhoons that have struck the Philippines in less than…
Sky News examines the drought in East Africa, focusing on its impact in Kenya. In “[o]ne of the worst-affected areas,” 70 percent of the “herds of cattle and goats have died in the past year, threatening the survival of entire communities who depend on them for their food and income,” according to Sky News.
Also In Global Health News: HIV Immigration Rules; Global Fund Aid In Kenya; Water Shortage In Yemen; Testing For TB
NPR Examines U.S. HIV Immigration Rules NPR examines U.S. policy for HIV-positive visitors and immigrants. While “Congress has removed the statute, and the Department of Health and Human Services is working on a more lenient immigration rule,” NPR reports that “many non-citizens with HIV who are currently in this country…
Rwanda To Host Three-Day U.N. Meeting Rwanda will host a three-day U.N. meeting next week to discuss ways to improve the U.N.’s ability to “provide development assistance in a more coordinated way,” the New Times/allAfrica.com reports. “Rwanda is one of the 8 pilot countries implementing the U.N. ‘Delivering as One’…