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Health Groups Launch Initiative To Stop Violence Against Aid Workers In Conflict Zones

“Several medical associations and non-governmental organizations have launched an initiative to tackle violence against aid workers in conflict zones,” The Lancet reports. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), “along with key players in global health such as the World Medical Association (WMA), the British Medical Association (BMA), and…

Aid Workers Warn Of Worsening Humanitarian Crisis In CAR

“Aid workers warned Thursday of a looming humanitarian crisis in the Central African capital as tens of thousands of residents desperate for protection slept rough near a French army base in Bangui,” Agence France-Presse reports. “But as some districts of the capital returned to a semblance of normality,” following the…

Blog, Feature Examine Role Of Aid In Haiti Since 2010 Earthquake

“…Looking at the four years that have elapsed since a violent earthquake shook Haiti to its core in 2010, the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Jake Johnston shows in painstaking detail how American corruption played a huge role in Haiti’s faltering reconstruction process,” journalist Ansel Herz writes in Humanosphere.…

News Outlets Report On Ongoing Humanitarian Action In Syria

News outlets report on ongoing humanitarian operations in Syria, including food aid and vaccinations for polio. Thomson Reuters Foundation: WFP Syria director says peace talks must address humanitarian aid “Syria’s warring sides must seize this week’s peace conference in Switzerland as a chance to allow humanitarian aid workers access to…

U.N. Releases $86M In Humanitarian Aid For 10 Countries

U.N. News Centre: U.N. releases $86 million in humanitarian aid for ‘neglected crises’ in 10 countries “The United Nations announced the allocation today of $86 million for emergency aid operations in some of the world’s worst, yet most neglected crises, allowing life-saving relief work to continue in 10 countries where…

WFP Running Out Of Food Aid, Urging Access For Humanitarian Shipments In CAR

News outlets report on the World Food Programme’s statement that food aid supplies for Central African Republic (CAR) are dwindling. Agence France-Presse: U.N. says running out of food for Central Africa “The United Nations said Monday it was running out of food for a growing number of homeless people in…

‘High-Quality Aid’ Can ‘Save Lives And Promote Development’

Foreign Policy: The Case for Aid Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University “…As experience demonstrates, it is possible to use our reason, management know-how, technology, and learning by doing to design highly effective aid programs that save lives and promote development. This should be done in…

U.N., Humanitarian Groups Ask International Community To Step Up Aid Efforts In Syria

News outlets report on calls from the U.N. and humanitarian groups for stepped up efforts in Syria and refugee camps resulting from the conflict. The Guardian: Humanitarian groups demand action to alleviate suffering of Syrians “The heads of seven of the world’s largest humanitarian and human rights organization who are…

Crises In South Sudan, CAR May Overshadow African Union Summit

Deutsche Welle: Current crises overshadow African Union summit “…The main theme of the annual meeting of African heads of state and government was to have been ‘agriculture and food security.’ But once again it is the continent’s crises, such as the one in South Sudan, that will dominate the agenda…”…

U.S. Remains Committed To Relief Aid In Typhoon-Hit Philippines

“I’m always worried that after the first month or two, on a large emergency such as Typhoon Haiyan, that the attention fades because there are so many other pressing issues and disasters around the world. It’s really important to remain focused on our efforts going forward. … We’ll continue to…