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Officials Urge Burmese Government To Allow Aid Into Rakhine

VOA News: U.N., U.K. Call for Burma to Allow Humanitarian Aid into Rakhine “The U.N.’s Special Rapporteur for Human Rights to Burma is urging the government to allow foreign aid workers to return to Rakhine state. The workers were evacuated last month because of ethnic unrest, but the U.N. warns…

Rwanda Marks 20 Years Since Genocide; Progress In Public Health System Noted

News outlets describe how Rwanda and the global community is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the country’s 1994 genocide, as well as the economic and public health progress Rwanda has made since. Associated Press/The Guardian: Rwanda genocide: 20th anniversary brings a nation together to mourn “…President Paul Kagame and Ban…

Polio Spreads To Iraq From Syria

New York Times: Polio Spreads From Syria to Iraq, Causing Worries “Syria’s polio outbreak has now officially spread to Iraq, the first neighbor of the war-ravaged country to be hit by the crippling virus despite an ambitious Middle East inoculation effort, and global health officials warned Monday that dozens of…

U.N. Forced To Cut Food Rations In Syria Due To Donor Funds Shortage

Reuters: U.N. has to cut Syria food rations for lack of donor funds “The United Nations has been forced to cut the size of food parcels for those left hungry by Syria’s civil war by a fifth because of a shortage of funds from donors, a senior official said on…

CAR Crisis Destroying Economy, Civil Society, U.N. Warns

U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: U.N. study warns crisis devastating economy, livelihoods “The crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) is devastating the economy and people’s ability to secure basic necessities, says a new joint United Nations assessment, which warns that as the violence continues and the rains set…

Opinion Pieces Examine Achievements, Challenges In Rwanda Since 1994 Genocide

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, the following opinion pieces discuss the country’s achievements in development as well as challenges the country faces. Huffington Post: The Next Frontier in Rwanda Mark Shriver, senior vice president for strategic initiatives at Save the Children “… There is much…

Opinion Pieces Address Issues Surrounding World Health Day

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding World Health Day, recognized annually on April 7. The Guardian: Improving disease control in emergencies Rich McEachran, a finalist in the Guardian International Development Journalism competition “…There are several areas where aid groups can focus their attention to help stop the spread of…

U.N. Appeals For More Aid To S. Sudan As Food Crisis Worsens

News outlets report on South Sudan’s worsening food crisis. Agence France-Presse: South Sudan on verge of Africa’s worst famine since 1980s: U.N. “War-torn South Sudan could become the scene of the worst famine catastrophe in Africa in decades without more aid and a ceasefire to let farmers reach their fields,…

Rwanda’s Health Sector Progress Since Genocide Provides Hope For Nation’s Future

The Lancet features a public health paper and an editorial on Rwanda’s health sector progress since the genocide 20 years ago. The Lancet: Rwanda 20 years on: investing in life Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s minister of health, Paul Farmer of Harvard Medical School, et al. “…The Rwandan Constitution of 2003 formalized…