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USAID Announces Additional $173M In Emergency Food Aid To South Sudan

USAID: The U.S. Announces $173 Million in Additional Emergency Food Assistance for South Sudan “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing an additional $173 million in lifesaving emergency food assistance for those suffering from hunger as a result of the conflict that broke out in South Sudan two…

WTO Meeting Host Kenya Opens Talks With Call To Decrease Poverty, Diversify Economies

Agence France-Presse: Global trade talks open with call to fight poverty “Global trade talks opened Tuesday with host Kenya highlighting their role in combating poverty, and urging African nations to diversify their economies. War-torn Afghanistan and Ebola-ravaged Liberia are set to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) as it holds…

Coordinated Partnerships Essential To U.S. Ebola Response Efforts In West Africa

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Unprecedented Coordination Helped Turn the Tide of an Unprecedented Outbreak Justin Pendarvis, public health adviser with USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, discusses U.S. involvement in responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa and the importance of coordinated partnerships in those efforts (12/15).

Iraq’s Health, Sanitation Systems Struggling Under War, Sanctions, Cholera Outbreak

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Cholera in Iraq strains the fragile state “The current cholera outbreak in Iraq has exposed fault lines in the region’s public health infrastructure…” (Bagcchi, January 2016). Reuters: Squeezed by budget and Islamic State, Iraqi health system struggles “…With Iraqis fleeing Islamic State in ever greater numbers,…

Congress Should Fully Fund National Health Security Programs

The Hill: Time to invest in our nation’s health security Paul Chaplin, president and CEO of Bavarian Nordic, and Elizabeth G. Posillico, president and CEO of Elusys Therapeutics, both co-chairs of the Alliance for Biosecurity “…An important recent report — the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense — highlights…

MSF Says Death Toll At Bombed Kunduz Hospital ‘At Least 42 People’

New York Times: Doctors Without Borders Raises Death Toll in Kunduz Strike to 42 “The number of those killed in an American airstrike that destroyed the Doctors Without Borders hospital in the northern city of Kunduz was much higher than previously thought, the medical group announced Saturday. The death toll…

Local Leaders, Organizations Critical To Ebola Response Efforts In Liberia

GlobalPost: Ebola is back in Liberia. Here’s how the country can beat it again Dayugar Johnson, in-country consultant in Liberia for American Jewish World Service “…Local Liberian groups did not have greater emergency response skills [during the Ebola epidemic] than the foreign staff and technical experts working with international organizations.…

In War-Torn Yemen, Health System Crumbling, U.N. Reaches Besieged City With Food Aid

Huffington Post: War Is Destroying Yemen’s Medical System When The Country Needs It Most “…Yemen’s medical system was already fragile, reliant on imported drugs and the assistance of humanitarian organizations like Doctors Without Borders. Nearly one-quarter of medical facilities have closed due to damage or shortages of supplies, fuel, or…

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