Terrorism, climate change, war and poverty are all high on the list of most significant threats to humanity. But their impact may be eclipsed by one threat that generally attracts far less attention. The next “Big One” may not refer to a bomb or natural disaster. Instead, a viral pandemic could potentially impact millions of lives across the world. The sudden spread of a deadly virus would create an urgent need for life-saving vaccines and treatments. Are we prepared to respond?
Foreign Aid: Sustaining U.S. Investments Overseas
About 217,000 displaced people, of whom about 80 % are women and children, remain in camps or camp-like situations in Kachin, Shan, and Rakhine. This includes 87,000 people in Kachin and 11,000 in Shan who were displaced as a result of the armed conflict that resumed in 2011 and that continues to displace people. It also includes about 120,000 in Rakhine who were displaced as a result of the inter-communal tensions and violence that erupted in 2012.
Group of 30 international NGOs commit over $1 billion in private resources to help address global refugee crisis over the next three years.
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The scale and severity of human suffering in current armed conflicts represent a distressing race to the bottom in disregard for the basic rules regulating armed conflict. Civilian deaths and injuries resulting from explosive weapons have increased by 52% over the last four years. The world is currently witnessing the greatest population displacement since World War II. This is not merely the tragic, inevitable consequence of conflict, and it cannot be excused by the fog of war. Much of this loss of life and human suffering is avoidable.
More than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies issued a joint appeal today urging the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis and to the suffering endured by millions of civilians. The appeal also outlines a series of immediate, practical steps that can improve humanitarian access and the delivery of aid to those in need inside Syria.
Feed the Children’s four-pillar approach to community development does more than provide food—it teaches and empowers children, parents, care providers, and their communities to reverse malnutrition and defeat hunger. The four pillars of our child-focused community-development program are Food & Nutrition, Health & Water, Education, and Livelihoods.
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On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the Haitian capital city of Port-au-Prince, leveling buildings and overwhelming the health systems in place. Five years later, on January 29, health leaders from civil society and local organizations met with Haitian government officials and congressional staff for a day of information-sharing and reflection on the gains in health infrastructure made since the earthquake.
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Last year, nurses and doctors at Haiti’s Les Anglais Health Center received something they hadn’t ever had before: job descriptions.
It might not seem like something worthy of celebration, but to the staff, it was so much more than just job descriptions. It was a sign of commitment – to establishing sound leadership, to claiming a shared vision, to empowering staff, and to providing better services.
Introduction to Global Health
Through critically-needed investments for global health programs, the United States has helped save millions of lives, as well as contributed to making the world healthier, safer and more secure.
Global health programs seek to address the physical and mental health needs of individuals; treat and prevent the spread of infectious diseases; strengthen the capability of health workers and health systems; and increase access to healthcare services to improve the overall well-being of individuals, families and communities.
WASHINGTON (Dec. 19, 2012) – The largest alliance of U.S.-based international NGOs strongly condemns the attacks this week against health workers in Pakistan, who were targeted for their efforts to help to eradicate polio in the country.
“These attacks against frontline health workers are senseless, cruel and counter-productive. We are deeply concerned about the safety of these health workers, whose only mandate is to eradicate polio and whose mission is purely humanitarian in nature,” said Samuel A. Worthington, president and CEO of InterAction.
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This week the global community marks its 20th year in observing the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger is the first of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG) that world leaders committed to more than a decade ago. The goal includes a target to halve, by the year 2015, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty – people whose income is less than one dollar a day. Yet, all other MDG targets contribute to this one – and vice versa.
WASHINGTON (August 16, 2012) ― Humanitarian groups are increasing their efforts to curb a recent outbreak of cholera in Mali, an area already devastated by drought, fighting, and food shortages.
The onset of the rainy season and the existing humanitarian crisis in northern Mali has exacerbated the situation. As part of the emergency response, a UPS chartered plane headed to Bamako, Mali, today from Frankfurt, Germany. The flight was loaded with 156,394 pounds of relief supplies, including:
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InterAction’s latest publication, Choose to Invest in Development and Humanitarian Relief FY2013, outlines key funding recommendations for the U.S. government to support accounts in the federal budget. This strong investment will make great strides to reduce global poverty, tackle environmental challenges and increase peacekeeping efforts to support stability and security.
WASHINGTON (Dec 5, 2011)— International leaders meeting in Bonn on Monday to discuss the future of Afghanistan should expand their focus from short-term stabilization efforts to longer term development work that will have a lasting impact on the country.
To date, not enough emphasis has been placed on meeting basic Afghan needs and building a solid foundation for sustainable peace, recovery and inclusive long-term development, said leading U.S.-based international NGOs on Monday.
WASHINGTON (Oct 7, 2011)— Today marks 10 years since major U.S. military operations began in Afghanistan. As the U.S. military draws down in large numbers, the Obama administration must focus on a long-term development strategy for Afghanistan, said the largest alliance of U.S.-based international NGOs on Friday.