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Global Leaders Should Consider Creation Of Global Humanitarian Fund

The Guardian: The world needs a humanitarian fund to assist long-term crises Robin Davies, associate director of the Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University “…It is anomalous that the world is equipped with global funds to finance action on infectious diseases and climate change, but not humanitarian crises.…

Drought Conditions Increasing Food Insecurity In Ethiopia, Northern Somalia, U.N. Says

Bloomberg: Food Emergency Spreads in Ethiopia as Drought Worsens, U.N. Says “…Consecutive missed rainy seasons last year caused by the ocean-warming effects of El Niño have left about a fifth of Ethiopia’s approximately 100 million population in need of food aid. A total of 443 districts were categorized as being…

WFP Airdrops Food Aid To Syrian City Besieged Since March 2014

Associated Press: U.N. Airdrops Food Aid to Besieged Syrian City “A U.N. agency has used parachutes to air drop food aid to a Syrian city under siege since March 2014. The Rome-based World Food Programme says the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, its local partner, collected 22 of 26 pallets dropped…

Global Community Must Rethink Response To Refugee Crisis

New York Times: Bono: Time to Think Bigger About the Refugee Crisis Bono, lead singer of the band U2 and a founder of the advocacy group ONE and its division (RED) “…[W]e have a chance to reimagine [the reality experienced by refugees] — and reinvent our relationship with the people…

Flooding Causing Food Insecurity In DRC’s Katanga Province; 40K Face Hunger

Humanosphere: 40,000 face hunger as floods hit eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Charlie Ensor, a freelance journalist and Humanosphere contributor, examines recent flooding in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, specifically the Katanga Province, which “has destroyed houses, farms, and livelihoods, and it is thought that 40,000 people face food shortages.…

South Sudan Faces Drug Shortages, MSF, Government Official Say

IRIN: Major drug shortage hits South Sudan “South Sudan is facing a critical shortage of drugs and life-saving medicines, according to Médecins Sans Frontières and a government official. It comes at a time when humanitarian organizations have been placed in a near-impossible situation — increasingly relied upon to provide most…

Global Community Must Avoid Complacency, Remain Proactive In Face Of Disease Threats

Nature: Viral complacency Editorial Board “…Too often in the past, the world has stumbled from epidemic to epidemic, failing to learn the lessons of the last. Emergency responses to the latest threat capture headlines, research, and political attention. But too often this attention quickly fades. … Following the Ebola epidemic…

USAID To Provide Nearly $68M In Additional Emergency Food Assistance For Sudan

USAID: U.S. Announces Nearly $68 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Sudan “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced it is providing nearly $68 million for emergency food assistance, to reach approximately 2.5 million Sudanese as well as refugees from South Sudan and other neighboring states. This assistance will…

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