World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Wednesday voiced concern about nine million people in the Horn of Africa who urgently need humanitarian aid, Bloomberg reports.
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan “on Friday signed an agreement to better coordinate international development aid during a meeting [in Washington] between the two countries’ top diplomats,” Agence France-Presse reports.
About 450,000 children, displaced by severe flooding in the southern Philippines, could face an outbreak of diarrhea and pneumonia, Vanessa Tobin, UNICEF’s representative in the Philippines, said on Sunday, Agence France-Presse reports.
GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog examines USAID and other organizations’ efforts to balance “the need for emergency health care and sustainable, quality health care” in fragile states, including South Sudan and Haiti.
Japan To Evacuate Pregnant Women, Children At Risk Of High Radiation Levels Outside Of Evacuation Zone
“Japan plans to ask pregnant women and children to move away from radiation ‘hotspots’ that were found far away from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the government said on Thursday, reflecting new anxieties about the spread of radioactivity,” Reuters reports.
“Preparing a country for disaster will become a core part of the UK government’s development programmes around the world to ensure a faster and more efficient response to major disasters,” the Department of International Development (DFID) said on Wednesday in an official response (.pdf) to Lord Paddy Ashdown’s independent review of humanitarian disasters that was issued in March, the Guardian reports.
BMJ reports on the health affects of civil unrest in South Sudan, which will become the world’s newest country on July 9.
PLoS MedicineÂ published the latest installment of its six-part series focusing on migration and health. “If internal and international migrants comprised a nation, it would be the third most populous country in the world, just after China and India. â€¦ However, policies to protect migrants and global health have so far…
The New York Times examines how social media is changing efforts to monitor the spread of diseases. According to the article, “technology is democratizing the disease-hunting process, upsetting the old equilibrium by connecting people through channels effectively outside government control. While the online chatter can be unproductive or even dangerous â€“ spreading fear along with misinformation about causes and cures â€“ a growing cadre of epidemiologists sees social media as a boon. Future hunts for pathogens may rely as heavily on Twitter streams and odd clusters of search queries as on blood tests and personal histories” (Garrity, 6/13).
“The problem is that U.N. agencies, USAID, its European counterparts (90 percent of relief funding still comes from the OECD countries), and NGOs almost all think that to get attention for a given crisis, they must use apocalyptic language and err on the side of overestimating the death, damage, and displacement that has been caused,” author David Rieff writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece. When organizations exaggerate, “they up the rhetorical ante that much more,” he writes, adding, “In the name of mobilizing compassion, we are raising the bar to impossible heights” (6/9).