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U.K. Pledges Additional Aid For Syrian Refugees, Host Countries

The Guardian: U.K. pledges £100m extra for Syrian refugees “…The package — intended to assist refugees and the communities hosting them in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq — was announced by the international development secretary, Justine Greening, as she visited Jordan with the Prince of Wales on Sunday. It brings…

Ground Truth Project Examines Effectiveness Of Disaster Relief Funding

NPR: Billions Go To Victims Of Disaster And Disease. Does It Really Help? “…Launched in 2012 under the auspices of a small nonprofit called Keystone Accountability, Ground Truth aims to provide continuous feedback on a relief program’s effectiveness by surveying the people the program is supposed to serve as frequently…

Sustained Conflict, Gaps In Health Workforce Contribute To High Maternal Mortality In DRC

Al Jazeera America: In the DRC, maternity too often means mortality “…The conflict, which has afflicted eastern Congo since the 1990s, has severely weakened the health system, with clinics ransacked, medical workers evacuated, and others refusing to work in hot zones. Pregnant women are one of the vulnerable groups swept…

South Sudan Risks Famine If Fighting Does Not Subside, Aid Workers, U.N. Say

Reuters: Famine threat to South Sudan if war continues to block aid “…Aid workers fear famine will again threaten South Sudan in the next few months if forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar continue to shell food distributions, loot aid, and menace humanitarian staff…” (Migiro,…

Brookings Fellow Speaks With USAID Administrator Shah In Wide-Ranging Interview

Brookings Institution’s “Future Development”: A Conversation with Rajiv Shah, Administrator of USAID Homi Kharas, senior fellow and deputy director for the Brookings Global Economy and Development program, writes, “…In our one-on-one conversation about all manner of things USAID, I pressed Shah to comment on the challenges he has faced: the…

Madagascar, Malawi Face Continuing Threats Related To Flooding, U.N. Agencies Say

Bloomberg News: Madagascar Faces Triple Threat From Disasters as Hundreds Die “Madagascar is confronting a triple threat: an outbreak of the plague, drought-induced starvation, and the aftermath of a tropical storm that have killed at least 250 people and forced tens of thousands more to flee their homes. Making a…

Posts Discuss Analysis Of International Community’s Donations To Ebola Response

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Funding to Fight Ebola: Not Too Little, but Definitely Too Late Karen A. Grépin, visiting fellow, and Amanda Glassman, director of Global Health Policy and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, discuss an analysis authored by Grépin in the BMJ examining donations made by…

New Ebola Cases Increase For First Time This Year, WHO Says

Associated Press: World Health Organization Says Ebola Cases Increase Slightly “The number of Ebola cases in West Africa has gone up for the first time this year, the World Health Organization says, warning that the coming rainy season could complicate efforts to contain the disease…” (2/5). BBC News: New Ebola…