Almost one-third of Yemen’s 23 million people do not have enough food, and social unrest in the country is making it difficult for aid groups to reach those in need, Valerie Amos, U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, said on Monday, Reuters reports.
Health In Emergency Situations/Humanitarian Assistance
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After Concerns Of ForcedÂ Shutdown,Â AidÂ Group In Darfur Allowed To Resume Food Distribution The aid agency Catholic Relief Services “has been allowed to resume distribution of food in West Darfur, narrowly averting a shutdown of the programme” that would have potentially cut off 400,000 people from food rations, Reuters reports (Babington, 3/29).…
A new report examines how new technologies, including digital mapping, can influence emergency relief work and says technology will not be able to fully transform humanitarian aid without “better coordination and communication between digital volunteers and veteran agencies in the relief field, like the United Nations and the Red Cross,” the New York Times reports (Lohr, 3/28).
Up to one million people in Cote d’Ivoire have fled escalating violence in the city of Abidjan, Melissa Fleming, a spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at a news briefing in Geneva on Friday, Reuters reports.
U.N. Secretary-General Calls For Countries To Assess Global Nuclear Safety In Light Of Japan Reactor Crisis
In light of the situation in Japan “where an earthquake and tsunami crippled an aging atomic power station,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said international nuclear safety standards should be reassessed, Reuters reports.
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Countries worldwide on Thursday banned or limited food imports from Japan, as radioactive steam continued to leak from the Fukushima nuclear plant damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Agence France-Presse reports.
According to a report published in the Lancet (.pdf) on Tuesday, Japan’s medical and aid response to the earthquake and tsunami is being challenged by “the sheer scale of the devastation, widespread damage to supply routes and concerns about radiation leaks from a stricken nuclear power plant” (McCurry, 3/22).
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Scientific American Features Q&A With Paul Farmer On Rise Of Cancer In Developing Countries Scientific American this month features a Q&A with Harvard medical anthropologist Paul Farmer, who cofounded the group Partners In Health, on the rise of cancer in developing countries. According to the magazine, last October, Farmer “and…
Japanese officials plan to measure radiation levels in the ocean beyond the country’s borders on Tuesday and Wednesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said, CNN reports.