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CAR Crisis Destroying Economy, Civil Society, U.N. Warns

U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: U.N. study warns crisis devastating economy, livelihoods “The crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) is devastating the economy and people’s ability to secure basic necessities, says a new joint United Nations assessment, which warns that as the violence continues and the rains set…

Opinion Pieces Examine Achievements, Challenges In Rwanda Since 1994 Genocide

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, the following opinion pieces discuss the country’s achievements in development as well as challenges the country faces. Huffington Post: The Next Frontier in Rwanda Mark Shriver, senior vice president for strategic initiatives at Save the Children “… There is much…

Opinion Pieces Address Issues Surrounding World Health Day

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding World Health Day, recognized annually on April 7. The Guardian: Improving disease control in emergencies Rich McEachran, a finalist in the Guardian International Development Journalism competition “…There are several areas where aid groups can focus their attention to help stop the spread of…

U.N. Appeals For More Aid To S. Sudan As Food Crisis Worsens

News outlets report on South Sudan’s worsening food crisis. Agence France-Presse: South Sudan on verge of Africa’s worst famine since 1980s: U.N. “War-torn South Sudan could become the scene of the worst famine catastrophe in Africa in decades without more aid and a ceasefire to let farmers reach their fields,…

Rwanda’s Health Sector Progress Since Genocide Provides Hope For Nation’s Future

The Lancet features a public health paper and an editorial on Rwanda’s health sector progress since the genocide 20 years ago. The Lancet: Rwanda 20 years on: investing in life Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s minister of health, Paul Farmer of Harvard Medical School, et al. “…The Rwandan Constitution of 2003 formalized…

New U.N. Report Urges Proactive, Preventive Aid Approach

U.N. News Centre: Saving more lives requires abandoning broken, reactive approach to aid — U.N. “Relief aid should anticipate and prevent — not just react and treat, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) declares today in a new report that challenges humanitarian and development actors…

Spread of Hunger, Displacement In South Sudan Is ‘Alarming,’ U.N. Reports

News outlets report on the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. U.N. News Centre: U.N. relief officials arrive in South Sudan amid ‘alarming’ spread of hunger, displacement “Senior United Nations relief officials began a visit to South Sudan [Monday] to meet conflict-affected people and to review the ongoing response and needs…

Human Rights Group, U.N. Official Denounce Syria For Blocking Aid To Warn-Torn Regions

Human Rights Watch and U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos on Friday denounced Syria for blocking the flow of humanitarian aid, news outlets report. Al Jazeera America: Syrian government accused of blocking aid to war-ravaged areas “A leading human rights group accused Syria’s government Friday of blocking aid to war-torn…

U.N. Deems Surge Of Polio In Syria As ‘Most Challenging In History’

The Guardian: U.N. brands polio outbreak in Syria and Iraq ‘most challenging in history’ “A U.N. agency has described the eruption of polio in Syria as perhaps ‘the most challenging outbreak in the history of polio eradication’ after the number of cases in the war-ravaged country reached 38 and the…