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1. A cargo ship lies amidst the wreckage of Anibong town, Tacloban. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

2. An aerial view of a coastal town, devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan, in Samar province in central Philippines.(Reuters)

3. A woman cuddled her baby aboard a military helicopter in the typhoon-devastated town of Guiuan, Philippines, Monday. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press)

4. Residents queue up to receive treatment and relief supplies at Tacloban airport Monday Nov. 11, 2013, following Friday’s typhoon Haiyan that lashed this city and several provinces in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

5. Residents walk past the debris as others rebuild their houses Monday Nov. 11, 2013 following Friday’s devastating typhoon that lashed Hernani township, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

6. Soldiers prepare to load food supplies to a Philippine Air Force helicopter at Tacloban airport Monday Nov. 11, 2013, following Friday’s typhoon Haiyan that lashed this city and several provinces in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

7. Survivors walk under a fallen electrical post on Sunday in battered Tacloban. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

8. People seek refuge in a Catholic church that has been converted into an evacuation center. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

9. Volunteers repacking relief goods at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Manila for victims of the Super Typhoon Haiyan that smashed into coastal communities on the central Philippine. (JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

10. Residents assess the destruction. Erik de Castro/Reuters

Donations/Aid Relief to help the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan

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Philippine Red Cross

 Red Cross

World Food Programme

Doctors Without Borders

Save The Children

World Vision 

Embassy of the Philippines (Washington, D.C)

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DrinkPure water filter shows promise for worldwide use
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It’s no secret that hundreds of millions of people around the world have little or no access to drinkable water. While a number of projects are aimed at getting filtration systems to those people, many of those systems require electricity, contain costly materials such as silver, or treat the water at a slow rate. The low-cost DrinkPure filter, by contrast, is simply screwed onto the top of an existing bottle, and can purify approximately one liter (34 fl oz) of water per minute. DrinkPure was conceived by Jeremy Nussbaumer, a student at the ETH Zurich research institute. Working with a team led by ETH’s Wendelin Stark, he’s created a prototype which weighs just 100 grams (3.5 oz) and that can reportedly meet the hydration needs of one person for up to a year, before needing its filtration media replaced. Users simply fill a regular plastic bottle with untreated water, screw the filter onto the neck of that bottle, and then squeeze the bottle to force the water through. Filtration is carried out via a three-step process. A pre-filter starts by capturing large particles such as sand and plant matter. The water then passes through a layer of activated charcoal, that helps remove odors and chemical contaminants. Finally, a proprietary polymer membrane removes bacteria. This polymer was previously developed by two other students, and contains tiny pores that allow water molecules to pass through, while blocking the passage of microbes. Additionally, the filter as a whole is said to be less expensive and easier to manufacture than most conventional filters. While commercial availability of DrinkPure for people such as hikers is a possibility down the road, Nussbaumer first and foremost wants to see it used in humanitarian aid. To that end, he has recently launched an Indiegogo campaign, to fund field testing of the device in Africa. A pledge of US$89 will get you a filter of your own, assuming the funding goal is met. (via DrinkPure water filter shows promise for worldwide use)

Water has already run out in one of the temporary gathering places for around 30,000 newly arrived refugees in South Sudan. The new refugees are sleeping under trees, with no shelter, and virtually no food. Read this first-hand account from our team leader in South Sudan.

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

Foreign Secretary William Hague marks World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day by commending ‘tireless dedication and bravery’ of ICRC staff and volunteers.

This year marks 150 years of humanitarian action by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Across the world their staff and volunteers are saving lives and helping the most vulnerable communities. They are working in the most difficult and dangerous environments delivering assistance in times of conflict and natural disaster. And in those areas of greatest insecurity, where other organisations and states often cannot reach, they face the daily threat of violence in order to carry out their humanitarian mission.

As events around the world all too regularly remind us this work remains as vital as it has ever been. Today is an important opportunity to recognise their outstanding contribution, including that of the British Red Cross here in the UK. I commend their tireless dedication and bravery and I would remind those who bear arms in conflict, on all sides, to respect and protect the neutrality of those who work under the Red Cross, Red Crescent and Red Crystal symbols.

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Turkey to send another Freedom Flotilla to Gaza | Middle East Monitor 

The Turkish humanitarian relief organisation (IHH) is currently organising a “Freedom Flotilla II” which will carry humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, IHH chairman Bulent Yildrim said Thursday.

In statements to Gulf Online, Yildrim said that his organisation has embarked on legal procedures and paperwork required to obtain a permit for the trip. As soon as a final permit is issued, the IHH along with other international organisations will immediately set up the convoy.

The chairman of IHH, a major organiser of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla I, said that Turkish army troops will accompany the ships to protect it from any potential attack, pointing out that his organisation demanded the government to provide protection for them as Turkish citizens.

Maze Keheil, the president of the European Campaign for Lifting the Siege on Gaza, confirmed his campaign’s intention to take part in the new flotilla, as it did in first one in 2010.

Report: More than 4.3M Syrian children need humanitarian aid

Syria’s civil war has left the country’s health system so severely crippled that some patients are “opting to be knocked out with metal bars for lack of anesthesia,” according to a new report by international charity Save the Children.

The report, A Devastating Toll, details the impact of three years of war on the health of the country’s children and adds that more than 10,000 children have been lost as a direct result of the violence.

"We received a little girl with critical injuries; we could do nothing but wait for her to die because we didn’t have the equipment or the medicines. Till now I can’t remove her face from my mind," said one health worker identified in the report only as Anas.

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Hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority in Iraq have been taken captive to be sold or married off to extremist fighters, according to the spokesman for Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry, Kamil Amin.

"We think that these women are going to be used in demeaning ways by those terrorists to satisfy their animalistic urges in a way that contradicts all the human and Islamic values," says Amin.

About 50,000 Yazidis — half of them children, according to U.N. figures — fled to the mountains outside Sinjar where many of them remain trapped, and are running out of food and water. Late Thursday, the U.S. military cargo jets dropped humanitarian aid to the mountain.

Read more via The Huffington Post.

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This statement by Bayer CEO sums up everything that is wrong with the multinational pharmaceutical industry. Pharmaceutical companies are singularly focused on profit and so aggressively push for patents and high drug prices. Diseases that don’t promise a profit are neglected, and patients who can’t afford to pay are cut out of the picture. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Read our response:http://ow.ly/sS4Uc

Humanitarianism as a concept died during that mash-up between aid and the military. The military builds schools so they look like humanitarians. Meanwhile, humanitarian organisations were more interested in keeping the donor money flowing than serving the Afghan people, though there were some exceptions.
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Kenya: Famine Concerns As Dry Season Starts In JanuaryallAfrica.com

There are concerns over hunger as the country enters what is traditionally the driest season on the calendar. According to a report by the Ministry of Agriculture, although food security is improving, poor families are not off the hook yet. 

UN Launches $3M Food Program In Urban AfghanistanMedical Daily

WFP will contribute $3 million dollars towards a project to help the urban poor cope with high food prices. About 18,900 households including some 113,000 individuals, mostly poor women and households headed by the disabled will benefit from the project. 

Yum CEO Writes Book, Will Give Proceeds To Fight Hunger —Business First

David Novak, CEO and chairman of Yum! Brands Inc. shares his tips for effective leadership in “Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen.” All of Novak’s proceeds from sales will be donated to WFP, in conjunction with Yum’s global hunger relief efforts.

Pepsi Tweet Explained: Street King Nabs Honickman DistributionBevnet

Pure Growth Partners’ co-founder Chris Clarke has lent some context to business partner Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s Twitter message that his company had signed a deal for Pepsi to distribute Street King energy shots. As part of the brand message, the company says it will “feed a hungry child” with a donation to WFP with the sale of every shot. 

New Food And Agriculture Organisation Chief Pledges To Prioritise AfricaThe Guardian

The new director general of FAO has indicated that Africa will be his priority at a time of limited resources. Graziano da Silva, who played an important role in Brazil’s successful “zero hunger” initiative, argued the key to improving food security in Africa was the political will to eradicate hunger.

Fighting Disrupts Humanitarian Operations In South SudanThe Guardian

UN officials estimate more than 20,000 people have fled into the bush after an outbreak of violence between two tribes in Jonglei state in South Sudan over accusations of cattle rustling. 

Red Cross: 150 Children Lose Contact With Parents While Fleeing Massive South Sudan Violence —The Washington Post

Red Cross volunteers are trying to reconnect 150 young children with their missing parents after tens of thousands of residents of South Sudan ran into the bush while fleeing a massive wave of tribe-on-tribe violence, an official said Tuesday. 

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While Hamas continues its terrorist actions, the IDF continues to transfer goods to Palestinians in Gaza. On August 3, the IDF transferred 186 truckloads of food, medical supplies, fuel and other goods into Gaza via the Kerem Shalom border crossing.

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Battling enemies with empathy.

[1] Pallets of bottled water are loaded aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in preparation for a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq. Airmen with the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron airdropped 40 bundles of water for displaced citizens in the vicinity of Sinjar, Iraq.

[2] U.S. Army parachute riggers with the 11th Quartermaster Company, 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade palletize halal meals for a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. 

[3] U.S. Soldiers with the 5th Special Forces Group, 101st Airborne Division and Joint Special Operations Task Force-Gulf Cooperation Council work with parachute riggers assigned to the 11th Quartermaster Company, Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade to palletize water for a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. 

The president authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct military operations in support of humanitarian aid deliveries and targeted airstrikes in Iraq to protect U.S. personnel and interests, in response to activities conducted by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr, 7 AUG 2014.)

"I’m Going to Tell The Whole World": An HIV "Expert Patient," In Her Own Words

In 2001, I tested positive for HIV. At that time, I was 25 years old and in a terrible state. I had lost a lot of weight, I was vomiting, had cold and hot rashes and was saying weird things. My whole body was covered with sores and I was confined to a wheelchair. Literally, I was more dead than alive.

In 2004, I started volunteering for an organization that helped people living with HIV/AIDS in Nhlangano, the capital of Shiselweni region. They asked me to share my experiences, and I told people about antiretroviral treatment and what it had done for me.

When I started seeing MSF cars in Nhlangano in 2009, I became curious and asked around. Someone told me what MSF was doing, and immediately I wrote my application letter and was hired as an “expert patient.” My role is to do pre and post-test counseling and to be there for the patients when they need support.

I really like the work with the patients. I know I give them hope by telling my story. Today I am fine. I have a healthy four-year-old boy who is HIV negative. Before I had him, five children I brought to this world had died, each after six months. My older son is 17, and he is well, too. I know what the patients are going through, and telling them my story and how important it is to stick to the treatment encourages them. The other day a young girl even told me I was her role model. That made me very happy.

Photo: Thembi (right) with her two sons
Swaziland 2012 © Irene Jancsy/MSF

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