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Blockchain Technology Could Help Streamline International Aid Distribution

Fast Company: How Blockchain Could Transform The Way International Aid Is Distributed “…The technology behind cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethereum, blockchain is essentially a shared digital ledger system: a decentralized database that allows information to be exchanged among several parties but not altered. Transactions become blocks of data that…

Safeguarding Health Care In Conflict Situations Should Be At Center Of Human Rights Agenda

Physicians for Human Rights Blog: Defending Health Care is at the Heart of the Human Rights Agenda Susannah Sirkin, director of international policy and partnerships and senior adviser at Physicians for Human Rights, discusses health care from a human rights perspective, writing, “Attacks on health [personnel and facilities] … represent…

Devex, IRIN Look Ahead To UNGA Meetings This Week, Including Speeches By Guterres, Trump

Devex: U.N. reform, Trump, the SDGs, and moonshots: 6 things to watch at Global Goals Week “A new United Nations chief bent on reform. An unpredictable American president set to deliver his first address. Persistent humanitarian crises and flaring global hotspots. Emerging technologies that could revolutionize — or disrupt –…

More Than Half Of Rohingya Refugees Fleeing Myanmar Are Children, UNICEF Reports; NGOs Express Concern Over Government’s Takeover Of Aid Operations

The Guardian: ‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ unfolding as Myanmar takes over aid efforts in Rakhine state “The Myanmar government has taken control of aid operations in the country’s crisis-hit Rakhine state, as reports continue of massacres and ‘ethnic cleansing’ by soldiers on the Muslim population there. Senior officials and Human Rights Watch…

UNICEF Scaling Up Response To Influx Of Rohingya Refugees Into Bangladesh

Associated Press: The Latest: UNICEF estimates 240,000 children fled Myanmar “The U.N. children’s agency is estimating that 240,000 children have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into neighboring Bangladesh over the last three weeks. UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado says that figure — amounting to about 60 percent of the estimated 391,000 total…

U.S. Leadership, Investments Vital To Global Health

The Hill: America’s leadership needed in global health Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.), vice ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee “As a doctor, I believe the greatest symbol of American leadership is our investment in global health. Across the world, millions of people are healthier and safer because the…

U.S. Should ‘Ramp Up Relief Efforts’ In Sierra Leone

Los Angeles Times: Rep. Karen Bass: U.S. must help prevent further disease and death in Sierra Leone Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) “With hundreds dead, more missing, and the threat of a cholera outbreak looming, the United States must do our part in providing lifesaving assistance to Sierra Leone. … The…

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