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Apr 15, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact:   Megan Davenport 501-280-3076, 501-912-9226 (mobile) or mdavenport@winrock.orgTim Holder 501-280-3080, 501-626-1918 (mobile) or tholder@winrock.orgFor more media information and downloadable logos, click here.ARLINGTON, Va. (April 15, 2015) – Winrock International announces that Christopher (Kiff) Gallagher, Jr. has been named the organization’s new Vice President of External Affairs. Gallagher will oversee and manage all of Winrock’s global marketing, branding and communications, and will supervise Winrock’s New Business Services group.Gallagher joins Winrock after a successful career as a social entrepreneur, communications strategist, political advisor, and policy and program development specialist. Most recently, Gallagher worked as a consultant, advising clients on strategic communications, social impact and business development. He has worked with national and international organizations, such as CARE and the Gates Foundation, as well as multi-national corporations and Silicon Valley start-ups.Previously, Gallagher served as founder and CEO of MusicianCorps, Executive Director of Social Venture Network, Director of Strategic Communications at Odwalla, Inc., and on the White House legislative team that created the national service program, AmeriCorps.“We are fortunate to have such an accomplished professional in the role of Vice President of External Affairs,” said Rodney Ferguson, Winrock President and CEO. “Kiff brings a tremendous energy and new perspectives to our new business and communications team.”Gallagher says he is excited about joining Winrock and the new challenges it brings: “I’m thrilled to join Winrock’s executive team; and work closely with our experts and partners to improve lives worldwide,” he said.Gallagher has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Wesleyan University’s College of Letters, an interdisciplinary study of history, literature, ethics and philosophy.Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Winrock is headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., and has an office in Arlington, Va., with project offices worldwide. - 30 - www.winrock.org
Apr 14, 2015
Alexandria, Virginia, April 10—Islamic Relief USA is launching an appeal to raise $100,000 for food aidin response to the rapidly worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
Apr 14, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
Children Already at Risk of Malnutrition in Yemen in Urgent Humanitarian Need amid ConflictInternational Medical Corps RespondingApril 10, 2015 - LOS ANGELES/LONDON - As the violence in Yemen continues, hundreds of thousands of children, already malnourished prior to the start of the recent conflict, are in dire need of humanitarian relief to stay alive. Health facilities are struggling to meet the needs of those affected by the conflict, especially children. Food, nutrition supplies, medicines, water, fuel and electricity are reported to be in extremely short supply. Maintaining these resources is critical to keeping malnourished children and those in vulnerable communities alive. In response, International Medical Corps’ team in Yemen is providing lifesaving medical and nutrition services through mobile medical teams and delivering vital medications and supplies to health facilities.“Much of the country last year was already at crisis levels for malnutrition, with some of the highest rates in the world. The recent violence is only exacerbating this situation, leaving many children at immediate risk of dying,” said Chris Skopec, Senior Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response, International Medical Corps. “Getting medical and nutrition supplies in country and distributed to the areas most at risk is a top priority. But with the severe fuel shortages and continued violence, the window of opportunity to assist is rapidly closing. The international community must act now.”More than 10 million Yemenis are in need of food and specialized nutrition assistance, including 850,000 acutely malnourished children, of whom 160,000 are severely acutely malnourished according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. International Medical Corps is distributing existing stockpiles of medical and nutrition supplies to meet basic nutritional needs, and water, sanitation and hygiene supplies to vulnerable communities. In addition, the organization is continuing to operate mobile medical teams where possible to provide health and nutrition consultations. As there are anticipated nationwide shortages of specialized foods such as Ready to Use Therapeutic foods which are critical in treating malnutrition, International Medical Corps is working with international partners to source additional supplies.International Medical Corps’ work in the Middle East region began in 2003 following the start of the Iraq war. Today the organization’s humanitarian programs span Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Turkey and Yemen. International Medical Corps has worked in Yemen since 2012, delivering robust humanitarian programs in the areas of primary health care, nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, and water, sanitation and hygiene.About International Medical Corps:Since its inception 30 years ago, International Medical Corps' mission has been consistent: relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease, by delivering vital health care services that focus on training. This approach of helping people help themselves is critical to returning devastated populations to self-reliance. Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.PRESS CONTACTLisa EllisDirector of Global Communications lellis@InternationalMedicalCorps.orgLos AngelesKerry-Jane KingsmillDirector of Resource Development & Communications kjkingsmill@InternationalMedicalCorps.orgLondon
Apr 08, 2015
The Humanitarian Policy and Practice (HPP) Team provides leadership and staff support for InterAction members involved in humanitarian action, including humanitarian policy, response, and advocacy. HPP provides member NGOs with a forum to coordinate efforts on behalf of those forcibly displaced or otherwise affected by conflict, natural disasters, and other situations of human suffering. HPP works to shape international humanitarian architecture, policy, and practice to save lives and alleviate human suffering.HPP is guided by an Advisory Committee that meets quarterly and is composed of senior humanitarian operations and policy staff from member organizations. The Advisory Committee provides input and leadership on humanitarian policy and practice issues for InterAction. All InterAction members are welcome to participate in the working groups, workshops, and the annual HPP Community Meeting.The work of the HPP team is divided into four main areas, each with its own distinct workstreams and committed staff members. Those areas are: Policy, Practice, Protection and Security.A significant aspect of the HPP team’s work is representation of InterAction’s members and the humanitarian community in important policy discussions over how best to respond to conflicts and natural disasters. In the United States, InterAction advocates for the robust funding of humanitarian assistance accounts in the US budget; on the international level, InterAction participates in global conversations around humanitarian policy, funding, challenges to operational capacity, and humanitarian standards. 
Apr 06, 2015
­­­­­International Medical Corps Delivering Critical Emergency Relief in Yemen Following Escalation in ViolenceApril 6, 2015 - LOS ANGELES/LONDON – As the conflict in Yemen escalates, with a significant surge in violence over the last week, more than 100,000 people are estimated to be displaced having fled their homes for safety.  As of April 5th, nearly 550 people are reported dead and nearly 1,700 injured due to the conflict. In response, International Medical Corps’ team in Yemen has conducted rapid assessments in hospitals in Taiz City where many casualties are receiving emergency medical treatment. The team has delivered critical medical supplies and medicines to hospitals in Sana’a and Aden and is procuring supplies locally to deliver to hospitals and health facilities in conflict-affected areas.“International Medical Corps’ team in Yemen is reporting shortages of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies and the urgent need for additional humanitarian resources.  Existing systems for mass casualty management and meeting the basic health needs of the population are under extreme pressure and are overstretched,” said Chris Skopec, Senior Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response, International Medical Corps.  “Having operated in Yemen since 2012, we are working to deliver a comprehensive emergency response, including providing emergency health services, delivering vital supplies and meeting the immediate needs of those affected by this crisis.”International Medical Corps is mobilizing to distribute existing stockpiles of medical supplies and food to meet basic nutritional needs and water, sanitation and hygiene supplies to vulnerable communities. In addition, the organization is continuing to operate mobile medical teams where possible to provide health and nutrition consultations.International Medical Corps’ work in the Middle East region began in 2003 following the start of the Iraq war.  Today the organization’s humanitarian programs include rapid emergency response, health systems strengthening and service provision, mental health and psychosocial assistance, maternal and child health, protection, women’s empowerment, community development and water, sanitation and hygiene.  A wide network of long-standing relationships with local partners and government ministries is a key feature of International Medical Corps’ strong work in the region and has contributed to the organization’s role as a preeminent First Responder in Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Turkey and Yemen.About International Medical Corps:Since its inception 30 years ago, International Medical Corps' mission has been consistent: relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease, by delivering vital health care services that focus on training. This approach of helping people help themselves is critical to returning devastated populations to self-reliance. For more information visit:  www.InternationalMedicalCorps.org. Also see us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.Contact Info:Los Angeles Lisa EllisDirector of Global Communications+1-310-826-7800lellis@InternationalMedicalCorps.orgLondon Kerry-Jane KingsmillDirector of Resource Development & Communications +44 (0)20 7017 3166kjkingsmill@internationalmedicalcorps.org