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Humanitarian Aid Workers Fear Corruption, Terrorist Prosecution In Somalia, Expert Says

Reuters: Terrorism fears cripple rotten aid system in hungry Somalia — expert “Aid workers in Somalia, which faces worsening hunger three years after famine struck the country, believe the humanitarian system is ‘rotten’ and are hamstrung by fears of being prosecuted for aiding terrorists, an expert said…” (Migiro, 11/17).

MSF Waited Too Long To Ask For Ebola Vaccine, Aid Group Veteran Says

Reuters: Exclusive: MSF should have called for Ebola vaccine earlier, says aid group veteran “Médecins Sans Frontières ‘wasted time’ by waiting too long to call for vaccines to fight an unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, a veteran of the medical charity told Reuters. … [T]he emergency group relied…

Ebola Deaths Surpass 5,000, WHO Reports

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement that more than 5,000 people have died from Ebola. Associated Press: More than 5,000 Ebola deaths, says WHO “More than 5,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, which was first identified in Guinea in March, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday, marking…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash The latest issue of the Global Fund News Flash discusses emergency funding to provide financing for HIV, TB, and malaria in emergency situations, challenges in addressing TB, and several concept notes (11/13).

UNHCR Faces Increasing Pressure To Assist Displaced In Syria, Iraq As Winter Begins

News outlets report on UNHCR’s warning that a cold winter and food shortages threaten those displaced by conflict in Syria and Iraq. Reuters: U.N. says 13.6 million displaced by wars in Iraq and Syria “About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in…

ECOWAS Leaders Appoint Togo President Gnassingbe To Head Region’s Ebola Response

Reuters: West African leaders name Togo’s president to lead Ebola response “West African leaders on Thursday appointed Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe to supervise the region’s efforts to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic, which has killed nearly 5,000 people, mostly in the region. The [Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)]…

New York Times Examines Risks Humanitarian Aid Workers Face In Ebola-Hit Nations

New York Times: Doing Good in Harm’s Way “…In the anxiety and anger swirling around the questions of quarantine for health care workers returning from West Africa, the quiet heroism and determination of people like Dr. [Rick] Sacra and the organizations they work for can be forgotten. … Other kinds…

Improved Transparency For DoD Development Assistance Would Help Coordination, Resiliency

The Hill: Will the new Congress be serious about accountability? Diana Ohlbaum, an independent consultant who serves as co-chair of the Accountability Working Group of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network “…Given the Pentagon’s prominent role in building everything from foreign militaries to Ebola treatment facilities, American taxpayers have a right…