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U.S. Continuing To Assist In Mental Health Support For Syrians

Jack Myer, Syria regional disaster assistance response team leader in the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” about the ongoing conflict in Syria and how “9.3 million people now find themselves in need of humanitarian assistance,” particularly women and children. “The U.S. will continue to provide…

Devex Examines U.S. Foreign Assistance, USAID Agendas In 2014

Devex: U.S. aid reform in 2014: 8 issues Congress may tackle “Congress has long avoided comprehensive reform of U.S. development cooperation, and 2014 will likely be no different. But there’s a good chance lawmakers will consider a number of issues that could affect international development…” The news service says the…

U.N. SG Ban Visits Philippines, Calls For More International Support For Typhoon Victims

In two articles, the U.N. News Centre reports on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to the Philippines, where he pledged the U.N.’s support and urged the donor community to step up their recovery plans. U.N. News Centre: Ban urges international community to boost support for Philippines typhoon recovery plan “United…

Renewed Violence In South Sudan Could Cause Cessation Of NTD Programs

Huffington Post: South Sudan’s Forgotten People and Their Forgotten Diseases Peter Hotez, founding dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine; president, Sabin Vaccine Institute “Based on a past and horrific legacy, the renewed hostilities in South Sudan could portend a public health crisis from neglected tropical diseases.…

Continued Violence in South Sudan Proves Challenging For Aid Organizations

News outlets examine the continuing violence and deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Sudan. Relief organizations struggle to provide assistance to the thousands of displaced people with no access to clean water, food and shelter. U.N. News Centre: South Sudan: U.N. ramps up aid efforts, urges conflict parties to ensure humanitarian…

U.N. Voices Concern Over Recent Violence In Central African Republic

News outlets examine the U.N.’s call to action against the deteriorating humanitarian and social conditions in Central African Republic. New York Times: U.N. Says Aid Crisis Worsens in Central African Republic “The number of people displaced by fighting between Muslim and Christian militias and vigilantes in the Central African Republic…

Afghanistan Faces Increasing Hunger Among Children, Aims To Boost Food Security

News outlets examine hunger and food insecurity in Afghanistan. New York Times: Afghanistan’s Worsening, and Baffling, Hunger Crisis “Afghan hospitals like Bost, in the capital of war-torn Helmand Province, have been registering significant increases in severe malnutrition among children. … Reasons for the increase remain uncertain, or in dispute. Most…

Opinion Pieces Address Public Health Crisis In Conflict-Ridden Syria

The following summarizes opinion pieces addressing the ongoing violence in Syria and how it is affecting the country’s health system. The Guardian: As if Syria didn’t have enough problems, now a polio epidemic looms Elizabeth Parker-Magyar, news producer at Syria Direct “The United Nations announcement on [December 22] that it…

In Terms Of Foreign Aid, U.S. Is Most Generous Nation

Foreign Policy: America Is Not The Grinch John Norris, executive director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at the Center for American Progress “All told, more than $200 billion from the United States flows into the developing world each year. … Now consider that the United States has more…

2013 Saw Victories, Challenges In Global Health

Huffington Post: Top 10 Global Health Moments of 2013 Karl Hofmann, PSI president and CEO “Global health saw plenty of victories and setbacks in 2013. Drug-resistant TB, slowing donor funding, new outbreaks of polio and a devastating typhoon showed how easily progress can stall. Amid these challenges emerged a changing…