NPR Examines How U.S. Military Strikes In Syria Could Hinder Humanitarian Efforts

Noting the WHO “says the Syrian civil war is currently the worst ongoing humanitarian crisis on earth,” labeling “the situation a ‘Grade 3’ emergency, which is its highest alert level — reserved for an event ‘with substantial public health consequences that requires a substantial international response,'” NPR’s “Shots” blog and “Morning Edition” program examine how U.S. military strikes in the country could hinder humanitarian efforts. “Aid groups have been scrambling to provide shelter, food, water and health care to the huge numbers of people who’ve been uprooted by the fighting,” the news service writes, adding, “The big question now is whether U.S. military action could spark another wave of refugees and make the situation worse.” The news service provides quotes from Oxfam America President Raymond Offenheiser, “who spent last week touring refugee camps,” as well as World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson Abeer Etefa, about how U.S. strikes may impact their respective organizations’ ongoing efforts (Beaubien, 9/9).

The KFF Daily Global Health Policy Report summarized news and information on global health policy from hundreds of sources, from May 2009 through December 2020. All summaries are archived and available via search.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Headquarters: 185 Berry St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94107 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270

www.kff.org | Email Alerts: kff.org/email | facebook.com/KaiserFamilyFoundation | twitter.com/kff

Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.