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Sierra Leone, Liberia Struggle To Respond To Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on the challenges surrounding the response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone appeals for $18m to plug Ebola funding gap “Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma appealed to the international community on Tuesday for help filling an $18 million (13…

Proliferation Of High-Profile Conflicts Results In Overload For Aid Agencies, NGOs

The Guardian: Gaza, Ebola, Iraq … are we approaching disaster overload? Sam Jones, reporter “Reflecting on the responses to the number of man-made emergencies detonating or still smoldering around the world earlier this year, from Syria to Ukraine and from Nigeria and South Sudan to Central African Republic (CAR), Kofi…

Gaza’s Health System Heavily Damaged, Needs Donor Support

U.N. News Centre: Gaza hospitals, health facilities need urgent donor support: U.N. agency “Hospitals and health facilities in Gaza are in dire need of support from the international donor community, a senior representative of the United Nations health agency today said following a visit to the Gaza Strip and Ramallah…

The Guardian Examines Challenges Of Providing Humanitarian Aid In Syria

The Guardian: Permits, politics and patience: the reality of getting aid into Syria “Humanitarian workers are being frustrated by violence, bureaucracy, and an obstinate government as they try to diminish the impact of the war on civilians…” (Black, 8/12).

Polio Vaccination Campaign Launched In Conflict-Torn Iraq

News outlets report on the announcement of a new polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, which is part of national efforts to tackle the reemergence of the virus and is supported by WHO and UNICEF. Bloomberg News: Polio Vaccination Efforts Begin in Conflict-Torn Iraq “UNICEF and the World Health Organization yesterday…

U.N. Prepares To Mark World Humanitarian Day

U.N. News Centre: World Humanitarian Day: More people than ever need help “Spotlighting humanitarians who often take great risks to help communities in need, World Humanitarian Day 2014 will feature events ranging from a 5K run/walk in Mogadishu, a wreath-laying ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey, a radio talk show with…

The Guardian To Host Q&A On Resilience Building In Humanitarian Response

The Guardian: Ebola, dengue and cholera: how can we contain epidemics earlier? Rachel Banning-Lover, content co-coordinator for the Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network, discusses disease outbreaks and announces a live question and answer session to be hosted by The Guardian on resilience building in humanitarian responses (8/8).

In Myanmar, Rohingya Children Malnourished

Associated Press/Washington Post: Rohingya children in Myanmar camps going hungry “…Myanmar’s child malnutrition rate was already among the region’s highest, but it’s an increasingly familiar sight in the country’s westernmost state of Rakhine, which is home to almost all of the country’s 1.3 million Rohingya Muslims. More than 140,000 have…