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South Sudan On Course Toward ‘Hunger Catastrophe,’ Aid Agencies Warn

The Guardian: South Sudan food security crisis could spiral into famine, agencies warn “The conflict in South Sudan has set the country on course towards a ‘hunger catastrophe,’ with almost four million people already in dire need of food and humanitarian assistance, and aid agencies warning of a possible famine…

Family Planning Should Be Included In Emergency Response, Save the Children CEO Says

Devex: Why family planning should be part of emergency response “As more countries descend into fragility and conflict, and natural disasters grow in scale, aid groups are increasingly underlining the importance of including family planning services in emergency response…” Devex interviews Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles about including reproductive…

International Community Must Intervene To Prevent ‘Full-On Genocide’ In Myanmar

Foreign Policy: Preventing the Next Genocide Sir Geoffrey Nice, professor of law at Gresham College, London, and Francis Wade, independent journalist and analyst, and consultant with the International State Crime Initiative “In conflicts that have potential to produce the worst of human atrocities, states and international actors must take action…

Crimea Faces ‘Human Tragedy,’ Risks To Public Health, U.N. AIDS Envoy Says

Agence France-Presse/Medical Xpress: Crimea facing ‘human tragedy’ on AIDS: U.N. envoy “The U.N. AIDS envoy for Eastern Europe on Thursday said Crimea faced a ‘human tragedy’ and risks to public health after a program for intravenous drug users was scrapped following Russia’s takeover…” (5/8).

Food Aid Delivery Faces Challenges In DR Congo

Al Jazeera: DR Congo faces food insecurity despite aid “…It seems like a clear problem with an easy solution — people are starving, and relief organizations have food. But the issue of aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is mired by social, political and economic stakes in a…

U.N. Urges Continued International Support For Post-Typhoon Rebuilding In Philippines

U.N. News Centre: Philippines: Six months after typhoon, U.N. working with communities to rebuild lives “Six months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, while signs of recovery are starting to emerge, progress remains fragile, the United Nations today said urging continued international support for the 14 million people affected…” (5/7).

Aid Agencies Warn Somalia Showing Warning Signs Of Famine

Media sources report on a warning from aid agencies that Somalia faces a looming hunger crisis. Agence France-Presse: Spectre of Somalia hunger crisis returns, aid agencies say “War-torn Somalia risks sliding back into acute crisis less than three years since a devastating famine, aid agencies warned Wednesday, amid failing rains,…

Reporting Continues On Maternal, Child Mortality Issues

News coverage on maternal and child mortality continues, following the release of several reports this week. Devex: Niger’s persistent problem “Niger, a poor landlocked country in sub-Saharan Africa, has ranked a total of nine times at the bottom of Save the Children’s annual Mothers’ Index since the launch of the…

U.N. Official Urges Continued Support For Afghanistan’s Vulnerable Communities

U.N. News Centre: Afghanistan: U.N. official urges long-term support for vulnerable communities “In the wake of last week’s massive landslide in north-eastern Afghanistan, a senior United Nations relief official today voiced deep concern about the impact of conflict and natural disasters in the country, and urged the world to step…

Disaster Relief Network In Philippines Concerned About Onset Of Typhoon Season

Devex: Nowhere to run James Shepherd-Barron, disaster management consultant, disaster epidemiologist, and Shelter Cluster coordinator in the Philippines “…Within a week after [Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines], the organizations that together form the Shelter Cluster had distributed tarpaulins, blankets, mats, and cooking sets to 35,000 of the worst-affected families. ……