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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…

PBS NewsHour Reports On Humanitarian Aid Coordination In Typhoon-Hit Philippines

PBS NewsHour reports on aid efforts in typhoon-hit Philippines. With support from the Under-Told Stories Project at Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota, correspondent Fred Sam De Lazaro examines how relief workers are coordinating food and other aid as it flows into Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit areas. “For now, relief…

U.S. Ambassador To U.N. Visits CAR To Assess Ongoing Violence, Next Steps

“The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations arrived Thursday in Central African Republic [CAR] in the highest profile American effort to date to quell the cycle of violence in this impoverished country that has claimed hundreds of lives and displaced at least 10 percent of the population,” the Associated Press…

Blog Examines Food Aid Policy Changes Under 2013 Bipartisan Budget Act

“While perusing the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, we were disappointed to find six lines under the innocuous heading ‘transportation cost reimbursement’ that effectively reduces U.S. food aid by tens of millions of dollars,” Kimberly Ann Elliott, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), and Erin Collinson,…