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Measles Vaccination Campaign Highlights Health Care Delivery Challenges In Syria

Reuters: Stalled measles campaign shows health challenge in rebel-held Syria “A measles vaccination program in northern Syria has stalled amid disagreement over who should coordinate it, highlighting the challenges of establishing basic health care services in opposition-held parts of the country…” (Afanasieva, 6/19).

South Sudan Facing Food Crisis Amidst Ongoing Conflict

IRIN: War, rain and money — an anatomy of South Sudan’s food crisis “…[S]ix months of war has uprooted so many [South Sudanese] and destroyed their meager livelihoods that some four million require humanitarian assistance. Relief workers scrambling to avert a famine report daunting obstacles: from the failure of South…

U.S. Border Processing Centers Scramble To Keep Up With High Number Of Child Migrants

New York Times: Border Centers Struggle to Handle Onslaught of Young Migrants “…[T]he swelling number of arriving youths [from Central and South America] — many of them making perilous journeys to flee gang violence in their native countries — has presented the Obama administration with political and humanitarian predicaments and…

UNICEF Raises Iraq Crisis To Highest Level Humanitarian Disaster

Washington Post: U.N. agency raises disaster designation in Iraq as refugees flood into Kurdistan “The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF on Wednesday upgraded Iraq’s latest crisis to a level 3 humanitarian disaster — its most severe designation — as U.N. officials said they were scrambling to provide basic services while…

Cost Of War In 2013 Totaled $9.8T, Global Peace Index Shows

The Guardian published two articles highlighting the recently released annual Global Peace Index. The Guardian: Global peace index charts ‘staggering’ $9.8tn cost of war “The world’s costly drift away from peace continued last year, with nations spending an estimated $9.8 trillion (£5.8trn) on containing and dealing with violence, according to…

Rohingya Facing Humanitarian, Health Crises In Burmese Camps

TIME: These Aren’t Refugee Camps, They’re Concentration Camps, and People Are Dying in Them “…For years, the Rohingya have been denied citizenship in Buddhist-majority Burma, and have faced severe restrictions on marriage, employment, health care and education. Now, it seems, the Burmese authorities are determined to starve and sicken the…

Haiti Making Postearthquake Progress, But Needs Remain To End Homelessness, Cholera

Wall Street Journal: News Flash: Haiti Is on the Upswing Sean Penn, actor, director, and founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organization “…The people of Haiti have come a long way [since the 2010 earthquake, but] there are two urgent problems that need to be addressed: postearthquake homelessness and cholera. ……

WHO Responds To Urgent Health Needs In Conflict-Ridden Iraq

News outlets report on the WHO’s response to the worsening humanitarian situation in Iraq, where renewed conflict is increasing health risks. Global Dispatch: Iraq crisis prompts WHO action: Polio, measles, and diarrhea of utmost concern “With the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, the World Health Organization (WHO) is working with local…