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Pediatrician Examines Polio Outbreak In Syria

New York Review of Books: Syria’s Polio Epidemic: The Suppressed Truth Annie Sparrow, a critical-care pediatrician and public health professional, is assistant professor of global health and deputy director of the human rights program at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York “One way to measure the horrific…

U.N., Humanitarian Groups Ask International Community To Step Up Aid Efforts In Syria

News outlets report on calls from the U.N. and humanitarian groups for stepped up efforts in Syria and refugee camps resulting from the conflict. The Guardian: Humanitarian groups demand action to alleviate suffering of Syrians “The heads of seven of the world’s largest humanitarian and human rights organization who are…

News Outlets Report On Ongoing Humanitarian Action In Syria

News outlets report on ongoing humanitarian operations in Syria, including food aid and vaccinations for polio. Thomson Reuters Foundation: WFP Syria director says peace talks must address humanitarian aid “Syria’s warring sides must seize this week’s peace conference in Switzerland as a chance to allow humanitarian aid workers access to…

U.N. Says Syrian Crisis Threatening MDG Progress In Arab Region

Inter Press Service: Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World “The widespread sectarian violence and ongoing military conflicts in several political hotspots, including Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, have not only claimed thousands of human lives and devastated fragile economies but also undermined the U.N.’s longstanding plans to eradicate hunger and…

Canada Can Help Save A Generation Of Syrian Children

Huffington Post Canada: An Investment Today Could Save a Generation of Syrian Children David Morley, president and CEO of UNICEF Canada; Patricia Erb, president and CEO of Save the Children Canada; and Dave Toycen, president of World Vision Canada “Can the Government of Canada champion the children of Syria and…

Donors Pledge $2.4B In Humanitarian Aid For Syrians; U.N. Says $6.5B Needed

News outlets report on the outcome of a one-day donor pledging conference for humanitarian relief efforts in Syria and neighboring countries. Agence France-Presse/Khaleej Times: Donors pledge nearly $1.3 billion at Syria meeting “Donors meeting in Kuwait on Wednesday [by midday] pledged nearly $1.3 billion in humanitarian aid for victims of…

State Department Video Highlights U.S. Official’s Trip To Visit Syrian Refugees In Iraq

Writing in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, Christine Getzler-Vaughan, a program officer in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, presents a video of recent travel by Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richard, who “recently returned from a trip to Erbil, Iraq, where she…

U.N. Concerned Over Malnutrition In Syria; Ban Calls Situation ‘Heart-breaking’

Two articles report on the continuing humanitarian crisis in Syria, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit with Syrian refugees and concerns over malnutrition. Reuters: U.N. feeds record 3.8 million in Syria but concerned by malnutrition “The U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) delivered rations to a record 3.8 million people in…

Fighting In Syria Forces Halt To Polio Vaccination Campaign

News outlets report on the challenges of providing polio vaccinations to displaced persons in Syria, especially women and children, as violence continues to escalate. Reuters: Fighting halts polio vaccination in northern Syria “Heavy fighting has prevented health workers from getting polio vaccine to an estimated 100,000 Syrian children in the…