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U.N. Official Says North Korea Needs External Assistance To Ensure Food, Health Security

“The well-being of millions of people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) still depends on external assistance, a United Nations humanitarian official said [Friday], warning that without aid, their health and food security would be seriously compromised,” the U.N. News Centre reports. Desiree Jongsma, the U.N. resident coordinator…

Developing Countries Making Gains In Life Expectancy, Education, Other Markers, Human Development Index Says

The U.N. Development Programme on Thursday in Mexico City launched the Human Development Index 2013, which “combines measures of life expectancy, literacy, school enrollment and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita,” the U.N. News Centre reports. The report (.pdf), titled “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World,” “emphasizes the unprecedented…

UNICEF Report Warns Syrian Conflict Creating ‘Lost Generation’ Of Children

“The escalating Syrian conflict risks creating a ‘lost generation’ of millions of children suffering physical and psychological consequences of the war, UNICEF warned in a report [.pdf] released Tuesday,” the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the newspaper, the report states, “In Syria, children have been exposed to grave human rights violations, including killing and…

International Community Urged To Disburse Pledged Funds To Help Yemen

“The international community has been urged to follow Saudi Arabia’s example by releasing funds pledged to help Yemen address its growing humanitarian crisis and economic, social and security challenges,” the Guardian reports. “Donors pledged more than $7.5 billion to Yemen last year, with Saudi Arabia’s $3 billion commitment the largest by a distance,” the…

Number Of Syrian Refugees Tops 1M; U.N. Says More Assistance Needed

“The relentless exodus of Syrians fleeing two years of increasingly violent conflict pushed the number of refugees in neighboring countries past the million mark on Wednesday, the United Nations Refugee Agency said, warning that resources for helping them are dangerously thin,” the New York Times reports (Cumming-Bruce, 3/6). “We are doing everything…

IRIN Examines Impact Of HIV Funding On National Health Care Systems

In an article in its “Building Resilience” series, IRIN examines the impact of HIV funding on health care systems in developing countries, writing, “Some have argued that the AIDS epidemic has helped generate an overall increase in health funding and mobilized an international push for more equitable health care access. But others…

USAID Addressing GBV In Humanitarian Response To Disasters

Anita Malley, acting senior displacement and protection policy adviser for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” about the office’s commitment “to finding solutions to address gender-based violence (GBV) as a part of our humanitarian response to disasters.” She describes USAID’s support of International Rescue Committee…

IRIN Series Examines Concept Of ‘Resilience’

“No one working in the aid community in recent years could have avoided the buzzword ‘resilience’ — but what does the term mean practically and how has it helped shape action on the ground?” IRIN asks in one of a “series of articles exploring what resilience means for vulnerable communities, and its…