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Chronic Malnutrition Plagues Children In Afghanistan’s Helmand Province

Foreign Policy: The Starving Children of Helmand Province “…Afghanistan is in the midst of a malnutrition crisis. While numbers are disputed because of the difficulties of surveying diseases in remote areas, the best study available — the U.N.-backed National Nutrition Survey — estimates that more than 500,000 Afghan children under…

Yemen’s Health Care System Faces Supply Shortages, At Risk Of Collapse, WHO Warns

Deutsche Welle: Yemen’s health care system at risk of collapse “Yemen’s health services were on the brink of collapse with life-saving medicines and key medical supplies running out, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday. ‘Power cuts and fuel shortages also threaten to disrupt the vaccine cold chain, leaving…

Scientists To Make Real-Time Genetic Data On Ebola, MERS Freely Available

Reuters: Scientists to share real-time genetic data on deadly MERS, Ebola “Genetic sequence data on two of the deadliest yet most poorly understood viruses are to be made available to researchers worldwide in real time as scientists seek to speed up understanding of Ebola and MERS infections…” (Kelland, 4/21).

WHO Working To Vaccinate Children In Syria Against Polio

WHO: Keeping Syrian children free from polio at home and across the border This WHO feature story examines efforts to vaccinate children affected and displaced by violence in Syria. “…WHO has provided technical and financial support to halt transmission of polio in Syria. During the most recent campaign, in March…

U.N. Appeals For $274M In Humanitarian Aid To Address Crisis In Yemen

Agence France-Presse: Saudis pledge to fund aid for Yemen, keep up air raids “Saudi Arabia, which is leading a bombing campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen, pledged Saturday to cover the entire $274 million in humanitarian aid sought by the United Nations for conflict-torn Yemen…” (al-Jabiri, 4/18). Inter Press Service:…

Increasing Conflict In Yemen Threatening Food Security Of Millions, FAO Says

Reuters: Yemen war puts 2015 crop at risk, food security worsening — FAO “Conflict in Yemen is disrupting the crop planting season and threatens to create food shortages, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday. The FAO has been working since 2014 to support Yemeni farmers…

Despite Access Challenges, UNICEF Delivers Humanitarian Supplies To Northeast Syria

U.N. News Centre: U.N. delivers much needed humanitarian supplies to vulnerable groups in Syria “Despite huge challenges in getting access, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has managed to deliver much-needed humanitarian supplies to Qamishli in north-east Syria, a spokesperson for the agency said today…” (4/14).

UNICEF Delivers Aid To Yemen During Ceasefire

CNN: Hope amid the carnage: U.N. aid reaches victims of Yemen bloodshed “…[A] brief, peaceful window has been delicately negotiated following a special request from the U.N. — but it won’t last long. UNICEF hopes there will be just enough time to deliver vital food and supplies, helping to ease…