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Humanitarian Needs Rise In Syria; U.S. Pledges $290M In Assistance

News outlets report on the rising humanitarian needs in Syria and a U.S. pledge to commit $290 million in humanitarian assistance to the war-torn country. The Hill: U.S. pledges $290M in humanitarian aid to Syrian victims “Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday announced $290 million in humanitarian assistance to…

Polio Eradication Faces Political, Diplomatic Challenges

New Yorker: The Political Fight Against Polio Sarah Stillman, staff writer for the New Yorker “…This month, we’re moving deeper into polio’s ‘high season,’ which, in much of the world, stretches from May until August. If the geography of polio mirrors that of conflict, then the challenge of eradication is,…

CGD Brief Discusses U.S. Food Aid Reform

Center for Global Development: Food Aid for the 21st Century: Saving More Money, Time, and Lives In this CGD brief, Senior Fellow Kimberly Ann Elliot and William McKitterick, previously a research assistant with CGD, discuss the projected benefits of relaxing U.S. food aid shipping preferences (6/3).

Declining Aid, Ongoing Conflict Leave Millions Hungry In DRC

News outlets continue coverage on the humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). U.N. News Centre: Insecurity, funding shortfall leaves millions hungry in DR Congo — U.N. “Senior United Nations officials for the Great Lakes region of Africa are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to draw…

Japan Agrees To Provide Food, Medical Aid To N. Korea With Caveats

Kyodo News International/GlobalPost: N. Korea asked Japan for food, medical aid in talks in May “During talks last week in Sweden, North Korea asked Japan to provide it with food and medical supplies, and Tokyo agreed as long as the assistance was provided through nongovernmental organizations or private-sector entities, a…

Humanitarian Aid From WTO, Russia, Norway Arrives In Flooded Serbia

Xinhua/Shanghai Daily: WTO, Russia, Norway send humanitarian aid for Serbian flood victims “Urgent humanitarian aid containing medical equipment, medicines, water filtration systems and reservoirs on Tuesday arrived at Belgrade airport to help Serbia cope with the consequences of the heavy floods that hit country in mid-May…” (6/4).

Provision Mandating Food Aid Be Shipped On U.S.-Flagged Ships Would Hurt Efficiency

Seattle Times: Protect U.S. food aid from the shipping industry Rick Steves, travel writer and member of Bread for the World “…Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a provision, hidden inside Coast Guard reauthorization bill H.R. 4005, … [that] mandates that 75 percent — an increase from 50…

Number Of Cholera Cases, Deaths Rise In S. Sudan

VOA News: South Sudan Cholera Cases, Deaths on Rise “Health officials in South Sudan were scrambling Monday to contain a cholera outbreak as the death toll from the diarrheal disease rose and infections were reported beyond the capital, Juba, and in other parts of Central Equatoria state and in distant…

Treatment Of Malnutrition In Conflict, Disaster Situations Must Consider PTSD

The Guardian: Malnutrition in conflict: the psychological cause Stephanie Duvergé, Action Against Hunger psychologist in the Central African Republic (CAR) “Treating malnutrition in humanitarian crises, such as conflict and natural disaster, is far more complex than simply curing disease and providing children with therapeutic foods. Often, post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]…

U.N. Releases $1.8M In Humanitarian Aid To Solomon Islands

Solomon Star: U.N. releases $13.1m for flood relief work “The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has released US$1.8 million (SBD 13.1 million) to provide critical humanitarian support to flood-affected people in the Solomon Islands. The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), and the World Health Organization…