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UNFPA Launches Appeal To Focus Humanitarian Efforts In Philippines On Women, Children

“Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, more than 3.2 million women and girls of reproductive age are still in need of urgent care and protection, the United Nations population agency said [Saturday], launching an appeal for $30 million to provide services and aid during the next six months,”…

Humanitarian Crisis Worsening In CAR

IRIN examines the worsening crisis the Central African Republic (CAR) “has faced since a rebel alliance known as Seleka took power by force in March 2013,” writing, “Humanitarian and development indicators were dire before the coup, but now, amid increasing violence by armed groups and between communities and religious faiths,…

Legislation Would Help Strengthen U.S. Foreign Aid

“In a time of tremendous budget uncertainty and rising calls to pull back from the world, the need for global engagement and leadership has never been more necessary,” Zach Silberman, policy manager at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), writes in the organization’s blog. He notes Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) “has…

U.S. Military ‘Should Prioritize’ Issues Surrounding Humanitarian Response

“The scale of the U.S. military’s response to the disastrous Haiyan Typhoon in the Philippines has been impressive … But military-led disaster relief is not only a humanitarian imperative — it can also serve a larger strategic imperative as a part of U.S. foreign policy,” Erik Brattberg, a fellow at…

Conflict Should Not Impede Efforts To Vaccinate Children Against Polio In Sudan

“As polio spreads across the war zones of Syria and Somalia, and stalks the Horn of Africa, our great opportunity to rid the world of another debilitating disease since smallpox is being thwarted,” Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF’s representative to Sudan, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog.…

Humanitarian Crisis Continues In Mali Nearly 1 Year After French Intervention

“Eleven months after French forces dislodged Islamist militants from northern Mali, the region’s humanitarian crisis is far from over,” IRIN reports, noting, “Hunger levels are higher this year than last, … [b]anditry is preventing herders throughout the north from accessing grazing land, and insecurity is barring some aid agencies from…

Humanitarian Response In Philippines Reignites Discussion Over U.S. Food Aid Reform

The New York Times examines how the humanitarian response in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan has reignited the debate over U.S. food aid reform. “The Obama administration and some lawmakers say the disaster in the Philippines underscores the need to revise the program and give the aid agency the flexibility…

New Issue Of The Lancet Available Online

A new issue of The Lancet is available online. Among other articles, the issue includes an editorial examining how lessons learned in past disasters are being applied to the humanitarian response in the Philippines, an editorial on the global spread of diabetes, and a commentary on health advancements in Bangladesh…

Philippines, WHO Launch Mass Vaccination Campaign For Children

“The Philippine government and the [WHO] on Friday launched a mass vaccination campaign for children to prevent measles and polio outbreaks among survivors of typhoon Haiyan,” Bernama reports (11/22). “The campaign targets children in areas hardest hit by the disaster — starting with the evacuation centers in the city of…

USAID Administrator Outlines Agency’s Commitment To End Extreme Poverty

“In a speech at the Brookings Institution on Thursday, [USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah] outlined USAID’s new three-part commitment to helping end extreme poverty,” Devex reports. “He said the agency will increasingly focus on public-private partnerships, country programs that demand mutual accountability, and disaster-prone, fragile areas and communities,” the news service…