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Flood-Hit Solomon Islands Face Disease Outbreaks; Australia Offers More Funding

News outlets report on disease outbreaks in the Solomon Islands after devastating flooding in April, as well as funding for relief efforts. Australia News Network: Australia gives further $2 million to help Solomon Islands rebuild after floods “The Australian government says it is providing a further $2 million to help…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Ending Sexual Violence In Conflict As Global Summit Wraps Up

As the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict wraps up this week, opinion pieces discuss ways to advance global efforts to prevent violence and protect women and children. Huffington Post: Sexual Violence, the Weapon of War That Has Ceased to Die Anita Tiessen, deputy executive director at UNICEF…

U.S. Helps Filipinos Rebuild After Typhoon Haiyan

USAID’s “Impact”: Rebuilding Livelihoods in the Philippines Post-Typhoon Haiyan Billy Dec, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, writes about U.S. government efforts to help Filipinos rebuild following the massive destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 (6/12).

Guinea Worm Disease Nears Eradication

News outlets report on the progress of eradicating Guinea worm, saying that the steep decline in cases indicates that eradication of the parasite is reachable. Carter Center: 148 Cases of Guinea Worm Disease Remain Worldwide “The Carter Center announced today that 148 Guinea worm cases were reported worldwide in 2013.…

U.N. Relief Official Calls For Increased Humanitarian Support For Philippines

U.N. News Centre: Philippines: U.N. humanitarian chief urges donors to increase aid for typhoon recovery “The recovery process in the Philippines has been steady but uneven, the United Nations top relief official said today, urging donors to increase support for the $788 million response plan for Filipinos, who continue to…

U.N. Says Syrian Crisis Threatening MDG Progress In Arab Region

Inter Press Service: Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World “The widespread sectarian violence and ongoing military conflicts in several political hotspots, including Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, have not only claimed thousands of human lives and devastated fragile economies but also undermined the U.N.’s longstanding plans to eradicate hunger and…

Sustained Peace In South Sudan Critical For Guinea Worm Eradication

Huffington Post: The World’s Youngest Country and a Very Old Disease: South Sudan Proves Guinea Worm Can Be Defeated With Return to Peace Donald Hopkins, vice president for health programs at the Carter Center “…[T]his past year, the [South Sudanese] national program reported a 99 percent reduction in [Guinea worm]…

U.N. Fears Genocide In CAR, Appeals For More Assistance

News outlets examine the worsening humanitarian situation in Central African Republic (CAR). U.N. officials express fear over possible genocide, while food aid and funding assistance to the country remain limited. Agence France-Presse: U.N. fears ‘genocide’ in C. Africa: humanitarian chief “The spiraling violence in the Central African Republic could turn…

Blog, Feature Examine Role Of Aid In Haiti Since 2010 Earthquake

“…Looking at the four years that have elapsed since a violent earthquake shook Haiti to its core in 2010, the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Jake Johnston shows in painstaking detail how American corruption played a huge role in Haiti’s faltering reconstruction process,” journalist Ansel Herz writes in Humanosphere.…

News Outlets Report On Ongoing Humanitarian Action In Syria

News outlets report on ongoing humanitarian operations in Syria, including food aid and vaccinations for polio. Thomson Reuters Foundation: WFP Syria director says peace talks must address humanitarian aid “Syria’s warring sides must seize this week’s peace conference in Switzerland as a chance to allow humanitarian aid workers access to…