The WHO on Tuesday said it is ready to assist Japan with its emerging “nuclear emergency after some reactors were damaged by last week’s deadly earthquake” and tsunami, Agence France-Presse reports.
On the heels of the release of a draft report by an independent panel of experts examining the WHO’s response to H1N1 (swine flu), BMJ News reports on a recently approved resolution and accompanying report released by the European Union parliament that calls on EU countries to revise their flu prevention plans “to make them more effective, coherent, and flexible” and for the WHO to revise its definition of pandemic to take into account not only geographical spread of disease but also severity.
WFP Announces Plan To Boost Food Aid, U.N. Calls For International Aid Amid Escalating Crisis In Cote d’Ivoire
Amid growing concerns over the increasing number of people fleeing from escalating violence in Cote dâ€™Ivoire, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) on Friday announced plans to boost food aid to tens of thousands of displaced people and the families hosting them in other countries, AlertNet reports (Fominyen, 3/12).
Three-quarters of Libya was still unable to access humanitarian aid last week, Catherine Bragg, the U.N.’s deputy emergency relief coordinator, said on Thursday, the Canadian Press reports.
An independent panel of experts commissioned by the WHO to probe its response to the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic on Thursday released a draft report (.pdf) stating that while the organization performed well in many ways, it made “crucial mistakes” and “warned tens of millions could die if there is a severe flu outbreak in the future,” the Associated Press reports (3/10).
The following is a sampling of blog posts published this week marking International Women’s Day : PEPFAR’s Gender Challenge Fund:Â At the Intersection of Gender and HIV (Goosby, 3/11). A Conversation in Afghanistan: Perspectives on International Women’s Day (Ehsaas, 3/9). The Best Investment in Global Women’s Health (Sturchio/Barnes, 3/8). Why…
The U.S. government and “its European allies are considering the use of naval assets to deliver humanitarian aid to Libya â€¦ even as they weigh the legality of imposing a no-fly zone without United Nations authorization, according to U.S. and European officials,” the Washington Post reports.
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U.S. Commits $12.6M In Emergency Aid To Cote dâ€™Ivoire President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced the U.S. will “provide $12.6 million in emergency funds to help people displaced as a result of â€¦ political unrest and violence” in Cote dâ€™Ivoire, CNN.com reports (3/10). According to RTTNews, “[m]ore than 75,000 refugees…
If developing nations shift to using ecological agriculture methods they “can double food production within a decade,” according to a study by Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, released on Tuesday, Reuters reports (Doyle, 3/8).
The U.S. will provide an additional $15 million to relief groups helping people who are stuck or fleeing the unrest in Libya, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said on Monday, Sapa-Agence France-Presse/Times LIVE reports (3/8).