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Syrian Government Forces Deliberately Target Hospitals, U.N. Report Says

New York Times: U.N. Finds ‘Deliberate’ Destruction of Hospitals in Syria “First, the government soldiers made sure no food could get into rebel-held towns. Then, government planes bombed what health centers remained in those towns, making sure that those who got sick from hunger had no medical care to save…

Food Air Drops To Begin In Syria, U.N. Says Following International Agreement

New York Times: Agreement Clears the Way for Airdrops of Humanitarian Aid in Syria “Most of the Russian and American aircraft traversing Syria have been warplanes firing missiles and dropping bombs. But under an international agreement to aid Syrians trapped in the fighting, Russian planes will soon be dropping food…

Continuing Conflict Exacerbates Health, Humanitarian Crises In Yemen

The Lancet: Yemen’s neglected health and humanitarian crisis “Despite the easing of a naval blockade, Yemen still faces severe shortages of medicines, water, and fuel amid ongoing coalition airstrikes across the country…” (Burki, 2/20).

U.N. Convoys Deliver Humanitarian Aid To 5 Besieged Syrian Towns

New York Times: Aid Deliveries Begin to 5 Besieged Syrian Towns “More than 100 trucks laden with emergency food and medicine began deliveries on Wednesday to tens of thousands of desperate Syrians in five locations besieged for months by the civil war, United Nations officials and relief workers reported…” (Cumming-Bruce/Gladstone,…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash The latest issue of the Global Fund News Flash includes articles on a new integrated grant management platform for improving health in the Middle East and a young Syrian refugee’s experience with TB (2/17).

Pakistani Polio Worker Shot, Wounded During Nationwide Immunization Campaign

Reuters: Polio worker shot as Pakistan holds countrywide vaccination drive “Gunmen shot and wounded a Pakistani polio worker in the eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, the latest in a string of attacks against eradication teams in a country that accounts for more than 70 percent of the world’s cases…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Humanitarian Response To Syrian Conflict

Devex: Syria not just a humanitarian crisis, but a development one too Paige Alexander, assistant administrator of the Bureau for the Middle East at USAID, and Thomas H. Staal, senior deputy assistant administrator at USAID “…The U.S. government is leading the humanitarian response inside Syria — and even as we…

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