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Both Potato-Soy Mix, Corn-Soy Blend Can Meet Food Aid Needs, Study Says

Providing malnourished children with a potato-soy mix ration rather than the traditional corn-soy blend achieved similar health results, according to a study published in the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development.

Are Aid Organizations Upholding The Humanitarian Imperative?

Talking about sex is hard. Talking about staff misconduct—like trading sex for aid—can be like walking through a legal, financial, cultural, reputational and moral minefield. But talking about the rights, dignity and safety of disaster- and conflict-affected people resonates with almost every humanitarian and development aid worker I've met. And if that doesn't open the door for a thoughtful discussion on a sensitive topic, framing it around the organizational risk associated with a lack of prevention and response systems should ring an alarm bell (CEOs, I'm looking at you!). 

Scaling Up Solutions That Work

Throughout the world countries are working to improve education, and perhaps one of the most frequently overlooked solutions is deworming. Dr. Don Bundy of the World Bank recently referred to deworming as the “magic bullet” to achieving educational and social benefits. More than 600 million school-aged children are infected with intestinal worms or STH (soil transmitted helminthes). These worms eat up the nutrients a child takes in, leaving her lethargic, and in most cases, leading to anemia and stunted growth.

ReSurge Remembers September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001, ReSurge International (formerly Interplast) had U.S. medical volunteers teaching and providing surgeries in Nepal, Peru and Brazil.  While families of the volunteers asked that they return home immediately after the attacks, that was not an option, as planes were not flying.  More importantly, the medical volunteers wanted to stay overseas and complete the work they were doing.  For some, giving back by building surgical capacity and healing children was the best way to deal with their sorrow and anguish. 

The Global Partnerships Act: Rep. Berman Proposes Root-And-Branch Reform Of U.S. Foreign Assistance

Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) today unveiled the Global Partnerships Act of 2011 (GPA) at the American Enterprise Institute, his wholesale proposal for reforming U.S. foreign assistance to more effectively and efficiently meet 21st century challenges.

Through The Lenses Of Babes

I’m sure you’re familiar with the term “Out of the mouths of babes.” A lot of the things that adults either ignore or talk around, kids will zero right in on and ask about outright. This made a photo essay I saw on The Guardian’s blog this week particularly intriguing.

Video: Meeting Emergency Needs Of Refugees In Ethiopia

August 17, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) — The Jesuit Refugee Service Emergency Needs Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, serves the needs of asylum-seekers and refugees from Somalia and elsewhere in Africa who seek to escape famine, war and persecution in their homelands. The program was established in 1997, initially as a parish outreach program, and became the ENP in 2004.

Learn more about the Emergency Needs Program on the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA website.

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