“Across large parts of Japan stricken a week ago by a quake and tsunami, aid isn’t getting through. Blizzards, impassible roads, worries over radiation exposure, fuel shortages and other logistical problems have stalled aid from getting to those who need it, even as officials have boosted the amount of food and other goods available to some easier-to-reach communities,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Health In Emergency Situations/Humanitarian Assistance
Situation In Japan ‘Demands Calm, But Considered’ International Response: In light of the recent disaster in Japan and ongoing concerns over radiation in the country,”WHO might consider convening experts to review the consequences for human safety of nuclear energy, and the wider lessons to be learned from recent earthquakes,” a…
Concerns about radiation leaks from Japan’s nuclear plant, which was damaged in the recent earthquake and tsunami, might be “diverting attention from potentially worse threats to public health … like the cold and disrupted supplies of water,” Reuters reports.
The WHO on Tuesday said it is ready to assist Japan with its emerging “nuclear emergency after some reactors were damaged by last week’s deadly earthquake” and tsunami, Agence France-Presse reports.
Though safety concerns have prevented U.S. disaster experts from entering Libya and seeing the situation first-hand, State Department officials said Monday that U.S. partners have been dispensing aid, CNN reports.
Concerns regarding health risks “rose dramatically in Japan Tuesday” after officials said more radiation was released at a nuclear power plant that was damaged in the tsunami, the Associated Press reports. In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said radiation had been emitted from four reactors. “The level seems very high, and there is still a very high risk of more radiation coming out,” he said.
Opinions: Reforms At USAID; Focus on Disease Prevention, Not Earthquake-Related Death Prevention; Fight NCDs In Developing Countries; Cash On Delivery; Destroy Smallpox Stocks; Global Health Funding Cuts’ Affect On Women; Budget Cuts Will Erode Family Planning Programs
USAID Needs Time, Resources To Succeed During these tight fiscal times, “we need to modernize our International Affairs programs with a greater emphasis on transparency, accountability and effectiveness” in order to “be fiscally responsible and still make the critical investments we need in our International Affairs Budget,” former Rep. Mark…
WHO Reports On Risk From Radiation Exposure, Humanitarian Assistance Arrives In Japan Following Earthquake
TheÂ WHO on Saturday said the public health risk of a radiation leak resulting from earthquake damage at a nuclear reactor site in Japan “appeared to be ‘quite low’ but the WHO network of medical experts was ready to assist if requested,” Reuters reports. Â “At this moment it appears to be…
Three-quarters of Libya was still unable to access humanitarian aid last week, Catherine Bragg, the U.N.’s deputy emergency relief coordinator, said on Thursday, the Canadian Press reports.
The U.S. government and “its European allies are considering the use of naval assets to deliver humanitarian aid to Libya â€¦ even as they weigh the legality of imposing a no-fly zone without United Nations authorization, according to U.S. and European officials,” the Washington Post reports.