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Humanitarian Efforts Continue In Typhoon-Stricken Philippines

“Nearly one month after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines, displacing more than four million people, health experts are trying to lower the rising risk of malnutrition among 1.5 million children under five, and help hundreds of thousands of women continue breastfeeding,” IRIN reports. “‘What is easily seen in the aftermath of the typhoon is the destruction [of facilities and] injuries that require emergency care… malnutrition is a silent threat, as people often do not recognize the symptoms and it is left untreated,’ said Katrien Ghoos, the World Food Programme’s (WFP) nutrition officer for the Asia-Pacific,” the news service writes (12/5).

In related news, Forbes contributor Rahim Kanani interviews USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah about the humanitarian response in the Philippines. According to the interview transcript, Shah examines “the most urgent needs on the ground right now in the Philippines,” discusses USAID’s activities in the country, and reflects on how lessons learned from past disasters are applicable, among other topics (12/4). Talk Radio News reports on “a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, [during which] witnesses praised the U.S. government’s immediate response to Typhoon Haiyan and focused on future reconstruction efforts” (Higdon, 12/4).