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WFP Concerned ISIS Manipulating Food Aid Parcels In Syria

New York Times: U.N. Concerned About Reports That Food Aid to Syria Is in ISIS Hands “The United Nations food relief agency said it was ‘extremely concerned’ about the possible manipulation of its aid to Syria after images posted on jihadist websites and social media appeared to show Islamic State…

Conflict Continues To Endanger Food Security In South Sudan, UNICEF Says

Bloomberg News: South Sudan Food Shortages Risk Worsening If Peace Falters “Food shortages in South Sudan risk worsening if the country’s warring factions fail to implement a cease-fire agreement, the United Nations Children’s Fund said…” (Okech, 2/4).

Experts Urge Continuing Polio Surveillance In Syria, Iraq To Ensure No New Cases

IRIN: Has Syria really beaten polio? “The World Health Organization has announced that Syria has seen no new cases of polio in the past year, but some health experts question the quality of the surveillance that led to this conclusion. … Last week, at a regional polio review conference held…

UNICEF Appeals For Record $3.1B To Help Children In Humanitarian Emergencies

Thomson Reuters Foundation: UNICEF makes record appeal to help 60 million children in crisis “The U.N. Children’s Fund launched a record $3.1 billion appeal on Thursday to enable it to help children caught up in a ‘new generation’ of conflicts and disasters round the world, $1 billion more than it…

Drug Users, Others Left With Few Health Care Options In War-Torn East Ukraine

Inter Press Service: Marginalized Groups Struggle to Access Health Care in Conflict-Torn East Ukraine “With international organizations warning that East Ukraine is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe as its health system collapses, marginalized groups are among those facing the greatest struggle to access even basic health care in…

USAID’s DART Team Faced Logistical Challenges In Ebola Response

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Anatomy of a Logistics Operation: How USAID is Equipping Ebola Fighters on the Frontlines Carol Han, press officer for USAID’s Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), discusses the logistical challenges and complex coordination DART members faced in responding to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa (1/28).