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Over 145,000 Syrian Refugee Families Headed By ‘Lone Women,’ U.N. Reports

News outlets discuss a new report released on Tuesday by the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) that says more than 145,000 Syrian families are headed by single women. Al Jazeera: Syria’s war widows fight for survival “…A report released by the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, on Tuesday, says that one in…

South Sudan’s Independence Day Overshadowed By Effects Of War, Hunger

The Guardian: South Sudan: little to celebrate as war and hunger mar independence day “…As [South Sudan] prepares to mark the third anniversary of its independence from Sudan on Wednesday, the U.N. secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon’s, prophecy that half of South Sudan’s 12 million people could be either ‘displaced internally, refugees abroad,…

Lions Clubs Commit Money, Volunteers To Help Prevent Measles

Huffington Post: Roaring Ahead to End Measles Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…One of the most contagious viral diseases ever known, measles claims the lives of 330 people every day. Tackling this formidable disease takes a unique kind of determination — and…

U.S. Must Allocate More Money To Address Domestic TB

New York Times: If Tuberculosis Spreads … Polly Price, law professor at Emory University “…The United States has given more than $5 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. But drug-resistant tuberculosis isn’t a problem only in the developing world; we must turn our attention to…

Uganda Says Donors Who Withheld Aid ‘Misinterpreted’ Anti-Gay Law

Reuters: Uganda says anti-gay bill misunderstood by donors who halted aid “International donors who withheld aid over Uganda’s anti-gay bill ‘misinterpreted’ the law whose main focus was to stop promotion of homosexuality to children and others, the government said on Tuesday. Widely condemned by donor countries, the law imposes jail…

WFP, UNHCR Launch Appeal To Close Funding Shortfall Causing Food Aid Cuts

IRIN: New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa “The World Food Programme (WFP) and the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June,…

Blog Post Discusses Private Financing In Uganda’s Health Sector

USAID’s “Impact”: Can Private Financing Answer Uganda’s Health Care Woes? Daryl Martyris, a health development officer in USAID Uganda’s Office of Health, HIV/AIDS and Education, discusses private financing for health in Uganda (7/8).

Gates Foundation Sets Sights On Stopping Spread Of Drug-Resistant Malaria

Seattle Times: Gates Foundation battling big new threat in malaria fight “…With more than $2 billion committed, the [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation] is the leading private supporter of research into new treatments, vaccines, diagnostic tools, disease mapping, and other weapons to fight malaria. This research should help the foundation…