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12.2M Need Humanitarian Assistance In Syria, U.N. Says

VOA News: Toll Rises in Syria; 12.2 Million Desperate for Aid “This time last year, just over nine million Syrians needed humanitarian assistance. Despite the fact that the U.N. Security Council has finally united around the demand that food, medicine, and other lifesaving items get to the people who need…

WHO, Partners Launch $1B Appeal For Relief Efforts In 4 Conflict-Torn Countries

Agence France-Presse: WHO seeks $1 bn more for four conflict-hit countries “The World Health Organization on Tuesday appealed for $1.0 billion in additional funds to help provide life-saving health services to millions in need in conflict-ravaged Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic, and South Sudan…” (2/24). U.N. News Centre: U.N. health…

U.N. Delegation In Saudi Arabia Examining Sudden Increase In MERS Cases

Scientific American: Middle East Mystery Disease Triggers Early Resurgence “Infectious disease watchers are again wondering what is going on in Saudi Arabia. Since the beginning of February the Saudis have reported 52 cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome — better known as MERS. … An expert delegation from the United…

Saudi Arabia Invites U.N. Mission To Assist In Efforts Against MERS

U.N. News Centre: Saudi Arabia invites U.N. health team in precautionary measure against spread of respiratory virus “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced it is dispatching a mission to Saudi Arabia next week at the request of the government to take preventive measures for a possible upsurge…

Aid Agencies Urge Donors To Step Up Humanitarian Response In Yemen

The Guardian: Yemen facing ‘forgotten crisis’ as humanitarian disaster looms “As Yemen teeters towards political collapse and foreign embassies close their doors and evacuate staff, aid agencies are warning that more than half the country’s nearly 26 million people risk a humanitarian disaster. Describing Yemen’s humanitarian situation as a ‘forgotten…

U.K. Pledges Additional Aid For Syrian Refugees, Host Countries

The Guardian: U.K. pledges £100m extra for Syrian refugees “…The package — intended to assist refugees and the communities hosting them in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq — was announced by the international development secretary, Justine Greening, as she visited Jordan with the Prince of Wales on Sunday. It brings…