U.N. agencies have begun providing humanitarian assistance in the western region of Libya for the first time since civil unrest began in February, following an April 17 agreement between the organization and the Libyan government to allow a “humanitarian corridor,” Bloomberg reports (Varner, 4/19).
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Time For Donors To Stand Up To Cambodian Government In a Washington Post opinion piece, Joel Brinkley, a professor of journalism at Stanford University who authored a book about Cambodia, writes about a donor-pledge meeting in Cambodia scheduled for Wednesday and discusses a potential law that would require NGOs to…
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U.N. Reaches Deal With Libyan Government To Provide Aid In Capital City U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday at a press conference in Hungary announced that the organization had reached an agreement with the Libyan government to provide humanitarian aid in the country’s capital city of Tripoli, the Associated Press…
A draft agreement that would ensure countries would share virus samples in exchange for access to affordable vaccines derived from such samples in the event of a pandemic is nearly complete, senior diplomats told Reuters on Thursday. “Consensus has been reached across all regions, including Indonesia which three years ago stopped sharing influenza samples with the World Health Organization (WHO), but the United States has yet to give formal approval, they said,” according to the news service.
Aid groups on Thursday praised the release of an updated handbook to guide humanitarian response efforts, including a new chapter on protection principles, IRIN reports.
The World Food Program (WFP) on Wednesday warned that the humanitarian situation in Libya could worsen as a result of the heavy fighting and low stocks of food supplies, Reuters reports.
Nearly All 2.6 Million Stillbirths Worldwide Occur In Low-, Middle-Income Countries, Lancet Series Says
Approximately 2.6 million pregnancies worldwide end in stillbirth â€“ most commonly defined as death in the final trimester â€“ each year, “with the poorest nations worst affected,” according to a series of articles published Thursday in the Lancet, BBC reports (4/14).
Traditional Aid Groups Continue To Play A Vital Role In Disaster Areas In a post on the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog,” Joel Charny,Â vice president for humanitarian policy and practice at InterAction, highlights the role traditional aid groups play in disasters around the world, refuting the idea that the 2010 earthquake…
Over the past decade, humanitarian aid worker casualties have tripled, rising to more than 100 deaths per year, according to a report (.pdf) released Tuesday by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA), the Associated Press reports (Snow, 4/12).
Radiation Leaked From Japan’s Nuclear Power Plant Does Not Pose Immediate Public Health Risk, WHO Says
The decision on Tuesday by Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency to increase the level of severity at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant “does not mean the public health risk is any worse or that the disaster resembles Chernobyl in 1986,” the WHO and other agencies said in response to the announcement, Reuters reports.