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Nigerian Mobile Units Deliver Polio Vaccines Amid Worsening Insurgency

Reuters: Nigeria hopes to eradicate polio despite insurgency “A Nigerian military offensive against Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram has opened up a corridor for mobile units of health workers to vaccinate children against polio in parts of the northeast. But the worsening insurgency poses a grave risk to the campaign…

Services For GBV Survivors In CAR Underfunded, IRIN Reports

IRIN: Little help for CAR rape survivors “…Despite recent commitments from governments, U.N. agencies, and NGOs to prioritize protecting women and girls from sexual and physical violence, current efforts in [the Central African Republic] remain underfunded. In the capital Bangui less than one third of clinics and health centers in…

U.N. Security Council Votes To Back Aid Delivery In Syria Despite Government Objections

News outlets report on the U.N. Security Council’s decision to back aid delivery in all parts of Syria despite objections from the government. New York Times: U.N. Council, in Unanimous Vote, Backs Aid Delivery to Syrians in Rebel Areas “Despite objections by Syria’s government, the United Nations Security Council voted…

IRIN Examines MSF Report On Aid Community’s Response To Humanitarian Crises

IRIN: How flawed are current aid responses? “Last week, international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) released a hard-hitting report, Where is everyone?, outlining a number of severe shortcomings in the international aid community’s response to humanitarian crises…” (Siegfried, 7/15).

Humanitarian Funding Reaches Record High But Gaps Remain

IRIN: Donors giving more but needs are greater than ever “Humanitarian funding reached a record US$22 billion in 2013, yet almost a third of needs remained unmet, according to data recently released by the U.K.-based think tank Global Humanitarian Assistance Programme’s Development Initiatives…” (7/14).

Shah Speaks About Impact Investing In Forbes Interview

Forbes: USAID, Pope Francis, And Impact Investing In an interview, Forbes contributor Rahim Kanani speaks with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah about his “participation in last month’s impact investing conference at the Vatican, how USAID harnesses private capital to fight poverty, the future of impact investing, and more…” (Kanani, 7/11).

U.N. Set To Address Aid Delivery In Syria, Asks Europe To Help More Refugees

News outlets report on the ongoing crisis in Syria, where aid delivery is hampered by fighting. New York Times: Bid to Deliver Aid to Syria May Set Stage for a U.N. Clash “The United Nations Security Council was potentially headed for a showdown on Monday over getting food and medicine…

South Sudan Faces Cholera Outbreak, Refugee Crisis

News outlets report on the cholera outbreak and refugee crisis in South Sudan. Associated Press: Cholera threatens thousands in South Sudan: agency “An outbreak of cholera is putting thousands of lives at risk in parts of South Sudan, worsening the country’s humanitarian crisis amid ongoing violence, the aid group Save the…

Displaced Persons, Those Living With HIV Face Challenges In South Sudan

News outlets report on the challenges people living with HIV face in accessing treatment in South Sudan, as well as worsening living conditions among persons displaced by the nation’s ongoing violence. Key Correspondents: South Sudan: huge drop in treatment rates for people living with HIV “South Sudan’s Ministry of Health…

USAID Committed To Helping South Sudanese Build ‘Peaceful And Secure Future’

USAID’s “Impact”: Responding to Dire Needs in South Sudan Three Years after Independence Linda Etim, deputy assistant administrator for Africa who oversees the Office of Sudan and South Sudan Programs and the Office of East African Affairs, discusses USAID’s efforts in conflict-ridden South Sudan, writing, “As we reflect on South…