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Somalia Heading Towards Second Famine; Donors Must Act Now, U.N. Says

Reuters: Somalia donors must act now to avoid famine ‘catastrophe’: U.N. “War-ravaged Somalia is hurtling towards a second famine in three years that could be prevented if donors increased funding, Philippe Lazzarini, United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, said on Sunday…” (Jorgic, 8/29).

U.N. Food Aid Reaches More Than 700,000 Iraqis Since June, WFP Reports

News outlets report on the U.N.’s announcement that it has scaled-up its food aid operations and reached more than 700,000 Iraqis since June. Agence France-Presse: U.N. scales up food supplies for Iraqis fleeing conflict “The U.N. food aid agency said Wednesday that a convoy of supplies had reached 2,000 desperate…

UNICEF Sends Largest-Ever Emergency Aid Shipment To Multiple Crises In August

U.N. News Centre: Amid multiple crises, U.N. children’s agency deploys largest aid operation ever in a single month “This August the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shipped 1,000 metric tons of life-saving supplies for children caught in the world’s most urgent crises — the largest emergency supply operation in the…

Blog Post Discusses Increasing Tropical Disease Rates In Venezuela

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Venezuela: An Emerging Tropical Disease and Humanitarian Emergency? Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Jennifer Herricks of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University,…

Health Workers Hit Hard By Ebola; Affected Countries Need Additional Aid Workers

News outlets report on how the Ebola outbreak in Africa is affecting health care and aid workers, as well as an acute shortage of workers in affected countries. New York Times: Those Who Serve Ebola Victims Soldier On “…At least 129 health workers have died fighting [Ebola], according to the…

U.N. Humanitarian Chief Calls For Scale-Up Of Aid, Efforts In Ukraine

U.N. News Centre reports on the U.N.’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. U.N. News Centre: In Ukraine, U.N. relief chief pledges support for political, aid, rebuilding efforts “The top United Nations relief official told reporters in Ukraine [on Saturday], that while the situation in Sloviansk has improved, the…

Country Coordinating Mechanisms Can Address Chronic Crises

Devex: Better systems to address chronic crises Alexander Matheou, regional representative for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Southern Africa “…For chronic crises, we should learn from the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, and set up government-led CCMs [(country coordinating mechanisms)] on resilience to…