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Aid, Small Harvests Avert South Sudan Famine, But Risks Remain, WFP Says

Reuters: South Sudan famine temporarily averted, but risks remain: U.N. “Aid and some small harvests have helped stave off a feared famine in South Sudan, but any more fighting there could still leave millions facing severe hunger next year, a senior World Food Programme (WFP) official said on Friday…” (Jorgic,…

U.N. Ebola Envoy, Coordinator Speak Out About Progress, Challenges In Guinea, Sierra Leone

The U.N. News Centre reports on recent comments from the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Ebola David Nabarro and U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response Coordinator Anthony Banbury. U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. envoy says response must be sustained ‘until every last case is contained and treated’ “The Secretary-General’s Special…

WHO Updates Guidelines For Ebola Protective Equipment For Health Care Workers

Media sources report on the WHO’s announcement that it is updating its guidelines for Ebola protective equipment worn by health care workers. The Hill: WHO toughens standards for Ebola protective gear “Global health officials are raising their standards for protective gear worn by health care workers who treat Ebola amid…

Violence Against Civilians, Aid Workers Hampers CAR Relief Efforts

News outlets report on the worsening humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic (CAR), where attacks are being targeted at both civilians and aid workers. U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: As violence flares, U.N. warns of worsening humanitarian conditions “Fresh fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) has aggravated the…

TIME Discusses WHO’s Response To Ebola Outbreak, Interviews Director-General Chan

TIME Magazine discusses the WHO’s response to the West African Ebola outbreak and features an interview with WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. TIME: The World Health Organization Comes Under Fire for Failure to Stop Ebola “The agency has been missing in action at a critical time…” (Walt, 10/30). TIME: WHO Chief…

Former NATO Heads Urge Alliance To Join Ebola Fight

Associated Press: Former NATO chiefs urge alliance to fight Ebola “Two former heads of NATO on Wednesday urged the Western defense alliance to join the fight against Ebola in West Africa. George Robertson of Britain and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer of the Netherlands, who both served as NATO secretary general,…

Eastern, Southern Africa Provide Lessons For Reforming Humanitarian Action; South Africa Can Serve As ‘Key Player,’ U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: South Africa poised to be key player in humanitarian assistance, says U.N. relief chief “Learning from the experiences of the Eastern and Southern Africa region will be vital in global efforts to reform humanitarian action, a top United Nations humanitarian official said [Wednesday] in Pretoria, South Africa,…

U.N.’s Ban Says World Must Stop Ebola ‘At Its Source’

U.N. News Centre: ‘The only way to stop Ebola is at its source’ — U.N. chief “Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [on Tuesday] urged countries that have imposed travel bans or closed their borders in response to the Ebola outbreak of the need to convey a sense of urgency without inciting panic,…

U.K. Umbrella Aid Group Launches Unprecedented Funding Appeal For Ebola

News outlets report that Britain’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has launched an appeal to raise funds to fight Ebola, making this the first time the group has sought to raise money in response to a disease outbreak. The Guardian: Ebola crisis: DEC launches unprecedented appeal for public help “The Disasters Emergency…