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U.N. Says Emergency Funding For Nepal Slow To Arrive Nearly 2 Weeks After Earthquake; Humanitarian Aid Distribution, Vaccination, Continue

Agence France-Presse: Health workers race to prevent Nepal measles outbreak
“Health workers are rushing to vaccinate more than half a million children in Nepal as fears grow that last month’s massive earthquake has made youngsters more susceptible to disease…” (5/6).

IRIN: Are mothers and children missing out on Nepal aid?
“…The way aid is prioritized in Nepal has led to fears that pregnant and breastfeeding women in certain areas — as well as infants and babies — are not receiving the specialized help they need…” (Newar, 5/7).

The Lancet: Nepal earthquake exposes gaps in disaster preparedness
“…As rescue teams, relief material, and medical help pours in from different parts of the world, WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and Population to ensure that medical resources are distributed based on specific requirements of different regions…” (Sharma, 5/9).

Reuters: Emergency funds for Nepal quake slow to come in, says U.N.
“Only a fraction of the emergency funds the United Nations has requested for victims of Nepal’s earthquake have come in, U.N. officials said on Thursday, as crises around the world put unprecedented demands on international donors. Of the $415 million requested by the U.N. and its partners last week, just $22.4 million has been provided…” (Mahr, 5/7).

U.N. News Centre: Nepal: U.N. agency calls for ramped-up efforts to boost health services in quake-hit country
“Amid continuing relief efforts throughout Nepal, the threat of disease increasingly hangs over the earthquake-stricken nation as the country’s water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure struggles to recover from the 7.8 magnitude tremor, an official with the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has warned…” (5/7).

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