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USAID Committed To Helping South Sudanese Build ‘Peaceful And Secure Future’

USAID’s “Impact”: Responding to Dire Needs in South Sudan Three Years after Independence Linda Etim, deputy assistant administrator for Africa who oversees the Office of Sudan and South Sudan Programs and the Office of East African Affairs, discusses USAID’s efforts in conflict-ridden South Sudan, writing, “As we reflect on South…

Over 145,000 Syrian Refugee Families Headed By ‘Lone Women,’ U.N. Reports

News outlets discuss a new report released on Tuesday by the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) that says more than 145,000 Syrian families are headed by single women. Al Jazeera: Syria’s war widows fight for survival “…A report released by the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, on Tuesday, says that one in…

U.N. Agencies Establish Office To Prepare For Climate-Related Crises, Disease Outbreaks

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. moves to bring climate information into health planning “The World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization have created a joint office to prepare better for weather-driven health emergencies and shifting outbreaks of climate-linked diseases such as cholera and dengue fever…” (Rowling, 7/8).

South Sudan’s Independence Day Overshadowed By Effects Of War, Hunger

The Guardian: South Sudan: little to celebrate as war and hunger mar independence day “…As [South Sudan] prepares to mark the third anniversary of its independence from Sudan on Wednesday, the U.N. secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon’s, prophecy that half of South Sudan’s 12 million people could be either ‘displaced internally, refugees abroad,…

Afghan Taliban Announces Polio Vaccination Ban In Southern Region

Wall Street Journal: Afghan Taliban Bans Polio Vaccination in Southern Province “The Afghan Taliban announced Monday a ban on polio vaccinations in a southern Afghan province, a move that sets back efforts to eradicate the crippling disease…” (Standcati, 7/7).

Somali Capital Facing Imminent Hunger Crisis, U.N. Warns

Agence France-Presse: Somali capital one step short of famine: U.N. “War-torn Somalia is sliding back into an acute hunger crisis with parts of the capital facing emergency levels just short of famine, the United Nations warned Monday…” (7/7).

Conflict, Natural Disasters Affect Reproductive Health Care Access, Report Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Hidden casualty of conflict and crisis: Reproductive health “The chaos of armed conflict and other humanitarian emergencies exacts a high price on reproductive health — a problem that deserves greater focus by health workers inside and outside crisis zones, according to the Royal College of Obstetricians and…