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Tens Of Thousands Of Syrians Displaced, Risk Death In Aleppo Fighting, Aid Groups Say

Devex: Last hours of Aleppo battle turn city into humanitarian catastrophe, aid groups say “One square-mile is the only territory that remains at stake in the battle for Aleppo, but for that prize, the Syrian government and its allies are displacing tens of thousands of civilians, who now risk abduction,…

War-Torn Yemen At Risk Of Famine, U.N. Official Says

Reuters: INTERVIEW — Yemen edging nearer famine as war, ‘shredded economy’ take toll — U.N. official “Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe is set to worsen as the war has ruined the economy and is stopping food supplies getting through, driving the country to the brink of famine, the top U.N. aid official…

400K Children Face Severe Acute Malnutrition In Northeast Nigeria, UNICEF Says; One-Third Of Health Facilities In Region Destroyed, WHO Says

Associated Press: UNICEF: 80,000 children will starve to death in Nigeria “Nearly a half million children will face starvation in northeastern Nigeria next year and 80,000 will die if they don’t get treatment in the humanitarian crisis created by Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising, the U.N. children’s agency warned Tuesday…” (Faul,…

U.N. Secretary General Calls For Member States To Increase Investment In U.N. Emergency Fund

U.N. News Centre: The vulnerable ‘must be our first priority,’ says Ban, calling on donors to support U.N. emergency fund “At a high-level pledging conference in New York [Tuesday] on the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the U.N. is seeking at Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s request, an unprecedented $1 billion…

Gates Foundation To Expand Investment In Refugee-Related Issues

Devex: Gates Foundation to increase humanitarian spending on refugees “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will increase its involvement in humanitarian relief to refugees in the Middle East and North Africa Region, foundation officials have confirmed to Devex…” (Anders, 12/13).

USAID Supports Ebola-Affected Communities In Rebuilding Health Centers

USAID’s “Frontlines”/Medium: After Ebola, Health Centers Rebuild Trust with Their Communities  –  Literally and Figuratively Beatrice M. Spadacini, senior communications adviser in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, discusses USAID’s efforts to help Ebola-affected communities in Guinea and Sierra Leone rebuild their health centers “while encouraging communities to take ownership of…

Humanitarian Experts Face Decisions On Prioritizing Efforts As Funding Gap Grows

IRIN: Scale up or cut back? Aid sector grapples with growing funding gap “[Last] week, the U.N. announced that $22.2 billion would be required to meet the needs of an estimated 92.8 million people affected by conflicts and natural disasters in 2017. It’s the largest humanitarian appeal ever launched, but…

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