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Humanitarian Aid Continues After Cyclone Pam Hits Vanuatu

Radio New Zealand International: Vanuatu govt defends aid delivery “The Vanuatu government is defending its efforts in distributing Cyclone Pam aid, after some communities have complained of not receiving any relief two weeks after the storm hit. A spokesperson, Kiery Manassah, says aid has been delivered to all the islands…

Mass Displacement, Food Insecurity, Rainy Season Threaten South Sudan

VOA News: Waiting for Food, Hoping for Peace in South Sudan “…Humanitarian agencies and the United Nations have been warning since last year that mass displacement, [food] insecurity, and the disruption to farming that have all been caused by the fighting could result in famine in South Sudan. … WFP…

Increased Funding Needed To Address Humanitarian, Health Challenges In Syria, WHO Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Syria: U.N. health agency ‘unable to sustain’ operations without significant funding increase “Ahead of next week’s third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, the United Nations health agency’s top official in the country said [Friday] that more than 16 million Syrians and Syrian refugees are in need…

Sierra Leone Imposes Three-Day Lockdown To Prevent Ebola Spread

Agence France-Presse: S. Leone in new anti-Ebola lockdown “Sierra Leone imposed a three-day nationwide lockdown Friday for the second time in six months in a bid to prevent a resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus…” (Johnson, 3/27). Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone ends anti-Ebola lockdown after three days “Sierra Leoneans were…

Analysts, Stakeholders Developing Potential International Pandemic Insurance Schemes

Reuters: New pandemic insurance to prevent crises through early payouts “…Analysts are developing insurance schemes that could turn the humanitarian system on its head, by paying out money as soon as a disease breaks out to stop it becoming an international crisis, rather than trying to raise funds after the…

U.S. Navy’s Pacific Partnership Must Be More Responsive To Emergencies In Region

The Hill: Need more than lip-service from Pacific Partnership Eileen Natuzzi, medical education coordinator for the Solomon Island Living Memorial Project for the San Diego State University School of Public Health “…The failure of Pacific Partnership, [a Department of Defense forward readiness program in the Asia Pacific Region and] one…