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U.N., Partners Intensify Humanitarian Aid Efforts In Philippines Amid Logistical Challenges

“As the magnitude of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan unfolds in the Philippines, the United Nations and its partners are mounting a massive humanitarian operation, battling heavy rains, blocked roads and damaged airstrips and seaports to reach millions across the region desperate for food, water and other basic necessities,”…

U.S., International Community Bolster Humanitarian Response To Philippines

News outlets on Tuesday continue their coverage of the humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on Friday. “The United States said Monday it is fully committed to helping the Philippines recover from one of the most powerful typhoons on record, and is providing $20 million in immediate…

World Food Programme Examines Report On Hunger Risk In CAR

“An Emergency Food Security Assessment, conducted jointly by the United Nations, non-governmental organizations and the government of [the Central African Republic (CAR)],  shows that  1.1 million people — around 30 percent of the population living outside the capital Bangui — are unable to meet their daily food needs on a…

Blogs Address Global Spread Of Polio

The following is a summary of two blog posts examining the global spread of polio. John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations’ “Africa In Transition” blog: Blog contributor Campbell examines polio in Nigeria and Somalia, noting both countries “are venues of a deep distrust of the West, and particularly the United…

Syrian Government Must Allow Humanitarian Organizations Access To All Syrians

Noting issues of security and access for humanitarian organizations working in Syria, Magne Barth, who heads the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Syria, writes in a Washington Post opinion piece, “If allowed, we could do much more to reduce the suffering of civilians, but it is…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Respond To Global Spread Of Polio

The following is a summary of an editorial and two opinion pieces addressing the spread of polio, focusing on Syria, where the WHO last month confirmed 10 of 22 suspected cases of the disease. Boston Globe: “The U.S. State Department, along with several humanitarian agencies, is calling on all parties…

U.S., International Community Respond To Humanitarian Emergency In Typhoon-Hit Philippines

“The United States rushed assistance to the Philippines after a typhoon killed at least 10,000 people and will provide additional aid if it is needed, President Barack Obama said on Sunday,” Reuters reports (Mohammed/Stewart, 11/10). “The Obama administration made an initial $100,000 available Saturday [through USAID] to provide basic health…

Humanitarian Agencies Need Unhindered Access Within Syria

In Syria, it is “abundantly clear that political conflict is severely impacting public health,” Abdelhadi Eltahir, senior health coordinator at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog. “Government-supported clinics closed down months [ago], meaning the most at-risk population of mothers, babies and the elderly…

IRIN Examines Issues To Be Discussed At AidEx Conference

“Next week, humanitarian and development experts from around the world will convene in Brussels for the annual AidEx conference to discuss resilience and sustainability and even debate whether the aid system is a new form of colonialism,” IRIN reports. The news agency, “a media partner of this year’s AidEx conference,” examines…