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Increasing Pledges To Fight Ebola Not Translating To Aid Implementation

News outlets report pledges to assist in the West African Ebola outbreak are increasing, but aid is slow to be implemented. Inter Press Service: Despite New Pledges, Aid to Fight Ebola Lagging “Despite mounting pledges of assistance, the continuing spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is outpacing…

Obama Calls For Strengthened Outbreak Preparedness At Global Health Security Agenda Meeting

News outlets report on a meeting among world leaders and public health officials held on Friday at the White House to discuss the Global Health Security Agenda. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry called for more preparations for disease outbreaks, including long-term strategic planning. The Hill: Obama urges…

Children In Middle East Suffer Detrimental Effects Of War, Experts Say

News outlets report on the negative effects of war and violence on children in the Middle East. U.N. News Centre: Not a single child untouched by recent Gaza conflict, says U.N. rights expert “There is not a single child who has not been adversely affected by the recent conflict in…

U.N. Official Warns International Community Of Overlooking African Humanitarian Crises

U.N. News Centre: U.N. refugee chief warns against overlooking humanitarian crises in Africa “The United Nations refugee chief [on Monday] warned the international community about the risks of overlooking the humanitarian crises in Africa, calling for a renewed commitment to preventing conflict and ending protracted displacement…” (9/29).

U.S. Pledges Nearly $83M In Additional Emergency Aid For S. Sudan Refugees, IDPs

U.S. State Department: U.S. Pledges $83 million Additional Emergency Assistance for the People of South Sudan On Monday, the U.S. “announced nearly $83 million in additional emergency assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda. … With…

Thousands Of Children Orphaned By Ebola At Risk Of Stigmatization

News outlets report on UNICEF’s announcement that at least 3,700 children in West Africa who have lost parents from Ebola risk stigmatization. Agence France-Presse: Children of Ebola dead shunned by families: UNICEF “Thousands of children who have lost parents to the West African Ebola epidemic are being shunned by frightened…

Ebola Outbreaks Nearing End In Nigeria, Senegal, Officials Say

News outlets report on the CDC’s announcement that the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria is nearing its end and efforts for containment appear to have succeeded. Agence France-Presse: Ebola outbreak nears end in Nigeria: U.S. “The Ebola outbreak in Nigeria is almost over, U.S. health officials said Tuesday, in a rare…

Funding, Political Resolution Critical To Addressing Cholera, Hunger In S. Sudan

New York Times: South Sudan’s Plight Andrea Tamburini, director of operations at Action Against Hunger In a letter to the editor, Tamburini notes a cholera outbreak and increasing food insecurity in South Sudan, stating, “…Emergency teams must swiftly address cases of cholera and prevent its fatal spread. Nutrition teams must…

Flooding Caused By Militants Leave Iraqi Villages At High Risk Of Disease

IRIN: Threat of disease in Iraq villages flooded by militants “Flooding caused by the forced closure of a major dam on the Euphrates river has destroyed villages and farms across a 200sqkm area west of Baghdad, leaving tens of thousands homeless and at high risk of waterborne diseases like cholera…”…

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