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U.N. SG Urges Aid Delivery In Syria Without Government Consent; Challenges Persist

News outlets discuss a new report from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging humanitarian aid delivery in Syria without the government’s consent, as well as challenges to delivering such aid. Al Jazeera: Measles and malnourishment: Syria is getting worse, not better “Three months after the United Nations Security Council managed the…

Refugees Denied Cancer Treatments Due To Steep Medical Costs, Study Says

News outlets report on a study published in Lancet Oncology on access to cancer treatments for Iraqi and Syrian refugees. Agence France-Presse: Syria refugees denied cancer treatment, says UNHCR “Lack of funds is forcing aid workers to deny Syrian war victims and other refugees with cancer the care they need,…

U.N. Agencies Warn About Disease, Landslides Following Flooding In Balkans

U.N. News Centre: Landslides, disease pose threats in wake of epic flooding in Balkans — U.N. “United Nations humanitarian agencies today raised concerns about landslides and possible water-borne diseases from the worst flooding in Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in more than a century, which may have disturbed minefields from…

Step Up Efforts To Protect HCWs In Conflict Situations, Experts Urge

IRIN: More protection for health care workers needed “Experts are calling for increased protection for health care workers and patients in crisis situations in the face of growing attacks on health facilities, which challenge notions of their neutrality…” (5/23).

Funding, Political Resolution Critical To Addressing Cholera, Hunger In S. Sudan

New York Times: South Sudan’s Plight Andrea Tamburini, director of operations at Action Against Hunger In a letter to the editor, Tamburini notes a cholera outbreak and increasing food insecurity in South Sudan, stating, “…Emergency teams must swiftly address cases of cholera and prevent its fatal spread. Nutrition teams must…

House Subcommittee Does Not Include Food Aid Funding In USDA Spending Bill

Politico: Farm bill food aid left out of House markup “‘The House appropriations agriculture subcommittee left something out when it passed its fiscal 2015 FDA/USDA spending bill Tuesday: The funds for a farm bill provision intended to further prove how food aid can be delivered more efficiently to international trouble…

Global Community Must Reevaluate Humanitarian Goals

The Guardian: David Miliband: the humanitarian response must be fit for new crises David Miliband, president and CEO of International Rescue Committee and former U.K. foreign secretary “…Humanitarian goals (HuGos) could help tackle four fundamental issues. First, they could focus attention and resources on what the humanitarian system is trying…

Donors Must Step Up Efforts In S. Sudan ‘To Save This Generation’

Huffington Post: South Sudan: We Must Not Miss This Opportunity to Save Lives Toby Lanzer, U.N. assistant secretary-general and in Juba, South Sudan as deputy special representative and development and humanitarian coordinator “On 9 May, South Sudanese leaders signed an ‘Agreement to Resolve the Crisis’ that has gripped their country…

Displaced Persons In Western Myanmar Face Disease Risks, U.N. Warns

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. warns of disease risk in western Myanmar displacement camps “Deteriorating living conditions and a looming rainy season are increasing the risk of waterborne diseases in the sprawling, squalid displacement camps in western Myanmar where tens of thousands of people live, the United Nations warned on Tuesday…”…