This Week's Humanitarian News Brief

by Katheryn Reid and Chris Huber, World Vision on July 14, 2015

West Africa Ebola outbreak: The long road to recovery

Six Ebola cases have been identified in Liberia — and one person has died — in the last two weeks. This is of grave concern for the country, which was declared Ebola-free in May. Health officials who are tracking the recent spread of the virus say the disease may have remained active in a survivor. Last week, the presidents of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea appealed to international donors for $3.2 billion to help their nations recover. They say health systems and education systems, as well as economic and social development have been set back by the medical emergency. Since May 2014, World Vision’s Ebola response reached 1.56 million people in Sierra Leone with life-saving interventions and support for children's education.


Syrian refugees top 4 million people



The U.N.'s refugee agency announced this week that it at least 4.013 million people have left Syria because of the conflict there, which is now in its fifth year. “This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation,” says António Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. More than 7.6 million people are internally displaced and in need of aid. Services to refugees and internally displaced persons, including food aid, are being cut back in the second half of 2015 due to funding shortfalls. The U.N. and aid organizations have estimated that $5.5 billion is needed to adequately fund aid to Syrian refugees this year. As of June, less than 25 percent of that amount was received. World Vision provides humanitarian aid within Syria and to refugees and host communities in Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan.

Yemen truce could allow aid to suffering civilians

Rebels and the government agreed on a week-long truce that could open up humanitarian access through July 17. About 21 million people, 80 percent of the Yemeni population, needs humanitarian aid. Availability of electricity, safe water, and health services is severely limited. Dengue, malnutrition, and diarrheal diseases are increasing at alarming rates among children.

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