“U.N. officials sounded the alarm Tuesday about a deepening crisis in East Africa, saying they are struggling to cope with the number of people on the move in the region because of the severe drought and continued fighting in Somalia,” the Associated Press reports. “World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran said the drought has left millions hungry, farmers at risk of losing their livelihoods and the lives of hundreds of thousands of children at risk,” the AP writes (7/12).
Health In Emergency Situations/Humanitarian Assistance
The Lancet reports on Japan’s “daunting task of rebuilding hundreds of damaged health facilities” four months after an earthquake and tsunami hit the country. “When the tsunami ripped houses from their foundations and sent cars and other debris miles inland, it also caused widespread damage to the health infrastructure in a region already struggling to fund health services for its large elderly population,” the Lancet writes.
Al Jazeera examines how Iraq’s public health system has been affected by the war and the challenges doctors in the country currently face.
World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Wednesday voiced concern about nine million people in the Horn of Africa who urgently need humanitarian aid, Bloomberg reports.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan “on Friday signed an agreement to better coordinate international development aid during a meeting [in Washington] between the two countries’ top diplomats,” Agence France-Presse reports.
About 450,000 children, displaced by severe flooding in the southern Philippines, could face an outbreak of diarrhea and pneumonia, Vanessa Tobin, UNICEF’s representative in the Philippines, said on Sunday, Agence France-Presse reports.
GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog examines USAID and other organizations’ efforts to balance “the need for emergency health care and sustainable, quality health care” in fragile states, including South Sudan and Haiti.
Japan To Evacuate Pregnant Women, Children At Risk Of High Radiation Levels Outside Of Evacuation Zone
“Japan plans to ask pregnant women and children to move away from radiation ‘hotspots’ that were found far away from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the government said on Thursday, reflecting new anxieties about the spread of radioactivity,” Reuters reports.
“Preparing a country for disaster will become a core part of the UK government’s development programmes around the world to ensure a faster and more efficient response to major disasters,” the Department of International Development (DFID) said on Wednesday in an official response (.pdf) to Lord Paddy Ashdown’s independent review of humanitarian disasters that was issued in March, the Guardian reports.
BMJ reports on the health affects of civil unrest in South Sudan, which will become the world’s newest country on July 9.