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U.N. Officials Highlight Concern About Humanitarian Situation In East Africa

“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).

Japan’s Coastal Health Systems Facing Long Rebuilding Process Following Tsunami

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.

U.S., South Korea Sign International Development Coordination Agreement

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.

Disaster Preparedness To Be Incorporated Into UK Development Programs, DFID Report Says

“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.