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GLOBAL: UN emergency fund CERF and NGOs - "Progress made, progress to make"
20 November 2007 (IRIN ), In a January report, Save the Children UK - one of the more vocal non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on humanitarian financing reforms - criticised the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for being “clumsy and inefficient” in its distribution of funds to NGOs. However, by September this year their view had shifted.
OPT: Proposed humanitarian terminals in West Bank could triple aid costs - UNRWA
20 November 2007 (IRIN ), New Israeli travel restrictions on aid workers in the West Bank could have a profound impact on the UN agency for Palestinian refugees’ (UNRWA) humanitarian work and endanger the lives of many Palestinians, said Commissioner-General of UNRWA Karen Koning AbuZayd, urging donor countries to provide badly needed funds for the aid agency.
IRAQ: Two die of cholera in Baghdad orphanage
19 November 2007 (IRIN ), Two Iraqi orphans died of cholera last week in Baghdad, bringing the deaths from this disease nationwide to 23 since it first appeared in August, the Health Ministry said on 18 November.
JORDAN: Water contamination incidents highlight water shortage problem
19 November 2007 (IRIN ), Thousands of Jordanians have been rushed to hospitals over the past few months suffering from illnesses related to water contamination in villages and towns across the kingdom. Experts fear the worst is yet to come unless a lasting solution is found to the kingdom's water shortages.
SYRIA: Aid agencies begin food deliveries to over 50,000 Iraqi refugees
19 November 2007 (IRIN ), Aid agencies in Syria have joined forces to provide free food to over 50,000 Iraqi refugees throughout Syria.
YEMEN: Efforts to reduce rising number of female qat chewers
18 November 2007 (IRIN ), A month-long campaign to reduce the number of women who chew qat, a popular mild narcotic, got underway in Yemen on 15 November.
IRAQ: Diyala desperately needs doctors
18 November 2007 (IRIN ), A shortage of doctors in Diyalah, a volatile province in eastern-central Iraq, has led to nurses having to take on many tasks and procedures for which they are not qualified, according to Diyalah’s health department.
AFRICA: African farmers could earn 'green' money
16 November 2007 (IRIN ), Lack of information is the main obstacle to paying African farmers as an incentive to protect the environment, according to a UN Food and Agriculture Organisation official.
IRAQ: Baghdad’s blast barriers inspire artists
15 November 2007 (IRIN ), Artists eager to bring hope to residents of the war-ravaged Iraqi capital Baghdad have been painting grey concrete walls, erected to protect commercial and residential areas from car bombings and other attacks, with vibrant murals of proud moments in the country’s history.
IRAQ-SYRIA: First death among Palestinian refugees on border
15 November 2007 (IRIN ), Almost 2,000 Palestinians who fled violence in Iraq and are stranded at the Iraqi-Syrian border lack medical care, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). One person, identified as a priority in need of treatment, died on 13 November, the agency said.

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