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Top U.N. Relief Official Urges International Community To ‘Do More’ In Syria

U.N. News Centre: ‘World must do more’ to aid besieged communities in Syria, urges top U.N. relief official “United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos sounded the alarm today on behalf of more than nine million desperate Syrians — particularly people trapped in areas cut off from aid by months…

U.N. Appeals For More Aid To CAR, South Sudan

In two articles, the U.N. News Centre reports on the U.N.’s request for more aid to Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan as the refugee crisis worsens in and around each country. U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: amid ongoing violence, U.N. rights expert calls for more aid “A…

Humanitarian Efforts In Syria Need Ongoing Support

Two articles examine the humanitarian situation in Syria, focusing on polio vaccination efforts and the need for continuing support for the provision of basic humanitarian needs. New York Times: Polio Vaccination Effort in Syria Appears to Have Some Effect “The first polio outbreak in Syria in 14 years, which caused…

Development Aid To Haiti ‘Remains A U.S. Government Priority’

Devex: Haiti’s recovery won’t happen overnight John Groarke, USAID Mission Director in Haiti since August 2013 “International donors — among them the U.S. Agency for International Development — have learned lessons along the way in Haiti in terms of how we can do better. As the country leaves behind the…

Afghan Insecurity, War Taking ‘Heavy Toll’ On Children

Epoch Times: Afghan Children Pay the Price of Brutal War César Chelala, an international public health consultant “Decades of insecurity and war [in Afghanistan] have provoked a heavy toll on children’s lives and well being. An under-five mortality rate of 199 per 1,000 live births as reported by UNICEF is…

U.N. Warns Of Worsening Humanitarian Situation In Two Unstable Iraqi Cities

IRIN: Iraq fighting slows aid to the displaced “The U.N. is warning of a ‘critical humanitarian situation’ that is only ‘likely to worsen’ following sustained fighting among Islamic insurgents, tribal groups and government forces in the Iraqi province of Anbar that has displaced at least 5,000 families. Aid agencies are…

Half Of CAR’s Population Left Homeless, In Need Of Aid

News outlets report on the continuing strife in Central African Republic (CAR). The U.N. has resumed delivery of food aid to camps and aid organizations have begun a measles emergency response vaccination campaign. Al Jazeera: U.N. warns CAR on brink of catastrophe “U.N. officials are warning the Security Council that…

Transparency Critical To Understanding Success Of Aid To Haiti

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Development: Views from the Center” blog, CGD Senior Fellow Vijaya Ramachandran and CGD Research Assistant Sneha Raghavan examine transparency in the disbursement of aid to Haiti over the four years since a devastating earthquake. “It is an outrage that four years…

Violence In South Sudan Affecting NTD Efforts

Epoch Times: South Sudan Crisis Threatens to Derail Tropical Disease Efforts James Smith and Pete Kingsley of the University of Edinburgh “…South Sudan — after half a century of intermittent conflict and underdevelopment — is unique in suffering from virtually all of the World Health Organization’s list of [neglected tropical…