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Reproductive Health Needs Of Displaced Populations ‘Must Be Effectively Addressed’

Guttmacher Institute: Forcibly Displaced Populations’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs Must Not Be Overlooked In a “News in Context” piece, the Guttmacher Institute writes, “As UNHCR and the world cope with the growing number of forcibly displaced people, permanent and durable solutions must be the long-term focus. But as we…

USAID Welcomes Congressional Approval Of Assessing Progress In Haiti Act

News outlets report on the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014, which is awaiting President Obama’s signature to become law. Devex: USAID welcomes Haiti oversight legislation “The U.S. Agency for International Development welcomes the U.S. Congress’s new attempt to assert greater oversight of assistance and reconstruction programs in Haiti.…

Burma’s Rohingya Minority Continue To Face Hunger, Disease In Refugee Camps

Washington Post: Malnutrition, disease rising in camps of Burma’s Rohingya Muslims “…The United Nations says that 135,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims are still stuck in refugee camps on the western coast of Burma, two years after the government rounded them up in the wake of religious violence that left villages scorched,…

U.N., Red Cross Condemn Attacks Against Hospitals In Gaza

Huffington Post: Hospitals Are Supposed To Be For Healing. In Gaza, They’re Part Of The War Zone “As the number of dead and wounded from the conflict between Israel and Gaza continues to soar on either side, several Palestinian hospitals have found themselves directly in the line of fire. According…

Food Insecurity Continues To Worsen In South Sudan As Funds Decline

News outlets report on the worsening food security situation in South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: Tutu plea to world leaders: Don’t forget South Sudan “South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu on Thursday urged world leaders focused on conflict in the Middle East and Ukraine not to forget the ‘ghastly suffering’…

Health Services ‘On Verge Of Collapse’ In Gaza, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: U.N. warns of ‘rapidly unfolding’ health disaster in Gaza “Weeks of intense fighting has left medical services and facilities in the Gaza Strip ‘on the verge of collapse,’ according to senior United Nations officials in the region who today warned that a health disaster of widespread proportions…

Fears Of Disease Outbreaks, Food Insecurity Mount In Somalia’s Puntland After Cyclone

“Two weeks after a tropical cyclone struck the northeast coast of Somalia, killing more than 100 people and thousands of head of livestock, important infrastructure lies in ruins and fears of an outbreak of waterborne diseases are mounting,” IRIN reports. “‘For four days, the cyclone brought heavy rainfall, icy winds,…

Children To Be Immunized Against Measles, Polio In Philippines

“Around 33,000 children are to be immunized against measles and polio in typhoon-hit Tacloban city” in the Philippines, BBC News reports, noting the WHO, “which is supporting the government campaign, fears possible outbreaks of disease.” According to the news service, “Huge numbers — including many children — were left homeless,…

Intensified Efforts To Diagnose, Treat TB Needed In Philippines

Following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, “[l]ack of shelter and continued bad weather are leading to widespread acute respiratory infections, which the Philippines Department of Health officials say are becoming the biggest public health threat since the typhoon,” Kari Stoever, vice president of external affairs at Aeras, writes in the…

Opinion Pieces Address Humanitarian Relief Efforts In Philippines

The following is a summary of several opinion pieces from two authors published in separate blogs from The Guardian that discuss post-disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. Cecil Laguardia, Poverty Matters Blog: “When we touched down in Tacloban, the desolation and bleakness seemed to engulf a wide area — it…

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