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Justine Greening: global humanitarian aid system is near breaking point

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International development secretary says system must be overhauled to ensure that more is done to prepare for disasters

The global humanitarian aid system is being "stretched to breaking point" by climate change, war, population growth and extremism, and must be overhauled to ensure that more is done to prepare for disasters rather than merely relieve them, the British government will warn on Friday.

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Humanitarian news agency faces closure as UN funding comes to an end

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Guardian

Irin news agency seeks new donors by year end as UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs ends its support

The world's first independent humanitarian news service, Irin, could face closure unless it can secure new funding.

Irin was founded after the 1994 Rwandan genocide and its aftermath exposed a paucity of humanitarian reporting. It has since reported on forgotten crises and neglected aspects of conflicts and humanitarian responses.

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UN brands polio outbreak in Syria and Iraq 'most challenging in history'

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Guardian

Security issues, damaged health infrastructure and large-scale displacement pose major obstacles to immunisation coverage

A UN agency has described the eruption of polio in Syria as perhaps "the most challenging outbreak in the history of polio eradication" after the number of cases in the war-ravaged country reached 38 and the first case was confirmed in neighbouring Iraq.

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Kenya's Turkana region brought to the brink of humanitarian crisis by drought

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Guardian

NGOs warn that effects of prolonged dry spell combined with a short, belated rainy season could cause widespread hunger

Aid workers are warning of a looming humanitarian crisis in north-west Kenya, where a year-long drought and the late arrival of the rainy season have left more than 300,000 people in desperate need of food and water.

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The business of sanitation: how partnership can plug the access gap

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Guardian

Despite efforts from the development community to provide wash facilities, it is the private sector that has the greatest reach. Time to flush away the silos?

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