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U.N. Scales Up Relief Efforts To Flood-Affected African Nations; At Least 180 Dead In Malawi

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agencies ramp up aid efforts to flood-hit Southern Africa countries “With Malawi, Mozambique, and Madagascar continuing to face torrential rains and worsening floods, United Nations agencies are scaling up relief efforts to assist those affected and displaced in the southern African countries…” (1/20). Wall Street Journal:…

Conflict-Ridden Eastern Ukraine’s Health System In Crisis, WHO Warns

Agence France-Presse: WHO sounds alarm on Ukraine’s creaking health system “Fierce fighting in Eastern Ukraine has wreaked havoc on the health system, with more than five million people affected, the United Nations said on Friday. The World Health Organization said access to primary, secondary, and emergency health services was ‘critically…

Despite Challenges Facing Health Workers, Pakistan Hopes To Eradicate Polio

BBC News: What must Pakistan do to beat polio? “Pakistan has yet to report a new case of polio in 2015 — but officials are keeping their fingers crossed nonetheless. In recent years the Taliban have banned vaccinations in areas under their control, while scores of health workers or policemen…

U.N., International Experts Begin Ebola Recovery Assessment Mission In Sierra Leone

U.N. News Centre: International experts, led by U.N., kick off Ebola recovery assessment in Sierra Leone “Spearheaded by the United Nations, a team of international experts has begun an Ebola Recovery Assessment (ERA) mission in Sierra Leone as part of an effort to partner with governments to address the impact…

Ebola Epidemic, Conflict Causing Economic Harm In Affected African Nations

Humanosphere: The striking economic toll of Ebola and war on African countries Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy discusses how the Ebola epidemic in West Africa’s Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and conflict in South Sudan are impacting these countries’ economies and development (1/15).

Severe Flooding Displaces Thousands, Destroys Crops In Mozambique, Malawi

Associated Press: 10 people killed, thousands displaced, in Mozambique floods “…Mozambique’s government Monday issued a red alert for disaster readiness for the central and northern provinces. The government also urged people in low-lying areas to find shelter on higher ground…” (Camillo, 1/14). The Guardian: Half of Malawi declared disaster zone…

UNICEF Steps Up Assistance For 7M Children At Risk In Middle East Due To Winter Weather

U.N. News Centre: Millions of children face ‘untold misery’ as powerful winter storm sweeps Middle East — U.N. “At least seven million internally displaced and refugee children are in desperate need of assistance as bitter winter snows and torrential rains continue to batter the Middle East, the United Nations Children’s…