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UN halts some programs in Afghanistan after ban on women aid workers

Afghanistan Kabul street scene

United NationsReuters The United Nations said on Wednesday that some “time-critical” programs in Afghanistan have temporarily stopped and warned many other activities will also likely need to be paused because of a ban by the Taliban-led administration on women aid workers. UN aid chief Martin Griffiths, the heads of UN agencies and several aid groups […]

Mobile phones top the list of tech speeding up aid operations in 2019 – poll

WFP South Sudan

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation Mobile technology had the biggest benefit of all technology on aid operations in 2019, according to an exclusive poll by the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Wednesday, with drones and satellites also helping to speed up help to people in need. From drones delivering children’s vaccines in Vanuatu to satellite early warning […]

Central America’s “poorest of the poor” hit hard by US aid cuts – charities

Eulalia Paiz Guatemala

Bogota, ColombiaThomson Reuters Foundation From drought-hit farmers and hungry children to battered women, tens of thousands of people in Central America have been hard hit by US Government aid cuts, according to major charities. Hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – known as the Northern Triangle – was […]

Ebola spread to new Congo area shows flawed response – aid workers

Ebola response

Dakar, SenegalThomson Reuters Foundation Ebola’s spread to a new part of Democratic Republic of Congo is a disturbing sign that health workers are failing to keep track of high-risk people on the move, aid agencies said on Friday. A woman and her child were confirmed to be the first two Ebola cases in Congo’s South […]

NASA turns its focus to Earth with aid partnership

Hurricane Sandy

LondonThomson Reuters Foundation NASA is using its satellites to solve humanitarian challenges in some of the most fragile places on earth under a landmark partnership with aid agency Mercy Corps. The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration will use its wealth of data to help communities at risk from climate change and natural disasters predict […]