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Aid, Small Harvests Avert South Sudan Famine, But Risks Remain, WFP Says

Reuters: South Sudan famine temporarily averted, but risks remain: U.N. “Aid and some small harvests have helped stave off a feared famine in South Sudan, but any more fighting there could still leave millions facing severe hunger next year, a senior World Food Programme (WFP) official said on Friday…” (Jorgic,…

Guardian Podcast Examines Slow International Response To Ebola In West Africa

The Guardian: What does the Ebola crisis reveal about the state of global health? — podcast transcript In a podcast, The Guardian “examine[s] why the global health community was so slow to mobilize [against Ebola], and what can be done to prevent a recurrence of the crisis” (Boseley/Krysiak, 11/4).

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Angles Of Ebola Epidemic

Wall Street Journal: WHO Is Responsible? Editorial Board Noting comments made Monday by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan attributing the Ebola epidemic to “the result of neglect of ‘fundamental public health infrastructures,’” and, “‘Because Ebola has historically been confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually nonexistent,’” the editorial…

Nigeria’s Cholera Outbreak Exacerbated By Insecurity

Media sources report on a cholera outbreak in Nigeria, where insecurity and conflict have exacerbated the disease’s spread. Thomson Reuters Foundation: Nigeria violence pushes refugees and cholera across borders “West Africa is struggling to control a cholera outbreak that has spread from Nigeria to nearby countries, exacerbated by insecurity and…

U.N. Steps Up Humanitarian Aid Appeal As Winter Temperatures Hit IDPs In Iraq

U.N. News Centre: Iraq: as cold weather hits displaced persons, U.N. steps up humanitarian appeal “As temperatures plummet across Iraq amid a steadily advancing cold season, humanitarian resources are urgently required in order to satisfy the needs of over one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) scattered across the country, a…

Sustained Conflict, Gaps In Health Workforce Contribute To High Maternal Mortality In DRC

Al Jazeera America: In the DRC, maternity too often means mortality “…The conflict, which has afflicted eastern Congo since the 1990s, has severely weakened the health system, with clinics ransacked, medical workers evacuated, and others refusing to work in hot zones. Pregnant women are one of the vulnerable groups swept…

New Automated Mapping System Will Help Speed Earthquake Disaster Response

Reuters: New digital maps speed up aid response after earthquakes “…The Automatic Disaster Analysis and Mapping system (ADAM) pulls information from the U.S. Geological Survey, World Bank, and World Food Programme databases, getting aid workers vital facts from earthquake zones within minutes of a quake, as opposed to the old,…

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