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World Food Programme Examines Report On Hunger Risk In CAR

“An Emergency Food Security Assessment, conducted jointly by the United Nations, non-governmental organizations and the government of [the Central African Republic (CAR)],  shows that  1.1 million people — around 30 percent of the population living outside the capital Bangui — are unable to meet their daily food needs on a…

Blogs Address Global Spread Of Polio

The following is a summary of two blog posts examining the global spread of polio. John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations’ “Africa In Transition” blog: Blog contributor Campbell examines polio in Nigeria and Somalia, noting both countries “are venues of a deep distrust of the West, and particularly the United…

Syrian Government Must Allow Humanitarian Organizations Access To All Syrians

Noting issues of security and access for humanitarian organizations working in Syria, Magne Barth, who heads the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Syria, writes in a Washington Post opinion piece, “If allowed, we could do much more to reduce the suffering of civilians, but it is…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Respond To Global Spread Of Polio

The following is a summary of an editorial and two opinion pieces addressing the spread of polio, focusing on Syria, where the WHO last month confirmed 10 of 22 suspected cases of the disease. Boston Globe: “The U.S. State Department, along with several humanitarian agencies, is calling on all parties…

U.S., International Community Respond To Humanitarian Emergency In Typhoon-Hit Philippines

“The United States rushed assistance to the Philippines after a typhoon killed at least 10,000 people and will provide additional aid if it is needed, President Barack Obama said on Sunday,” Reuters reports (Mohammed/Stewart, 11/10). “The Obama administration made an initial $100,000 available Saturday [through USAID] to provide basic health…

Humanitarian Agencies Need Unhindered Access Within Syria

In Syria, it is “abundantly clear that political conflict is severely impacting public health,” Abdelhadi Eltahir, senior health coordinator at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog. “Government-supported clinics closed down months [ago], meaning the most at-risk population of mothers, babies and the elderly…

IRIN Examines Issues To Be Discussed At AidEx Conference

“Next week, humanitarian and development experts from around the world will convene in Brussels for the annual AidEx conference to discuss resilience and sustainability and even debate whether the aid system is a new form of colonialism,” IRIN reports. The news agency, “a media partner of this year’s AidEx conference,” examines…

OECD Committee Considering Changes To Official Development Assistance Definition

“The international rules that define what spending rich countries can count as foreign aid — and which developing countries are eligible to receive aid — are up for grabs for the first time in decades, with potential fault lines being drawn over whether donors should be able spend more aid…

U.N. Warns Humanitarian Situation In Syria Deteriorating ‘Rapidly And Inexorably’

“The humanitarian crisis inside Syria is escalating rapidly with more than nine million people — about 40 percent of the population — in dire need as winter approaches and agencies find it increasingly difficult to deliver aid inside the war-ravaged nation, the United Nations warns,” the Los Angeles Times reports.…