Canada’s health minister Rona Ambrose confirmed Wednesday the first North American death from avian flu.
The World Food Programme is fighting major food emergencies in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syria and the Philippines. Jeffrey Brown talks to Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the UN organization, about the great challenge of relieving hunger in inaccessible regions that have been plunged into conflict. Continue reading
The Himalayan Cataract Project is a charity that sends mobile medical units to remote parts of Africa and Asia to perform simple but transformational eye operations. John Irvine of Independent Television News reports from rural India, where in just three days, three surgeons helped more than 1,000 people regain their vision. Continue reading
An escalation of violence in the Central African Republic is causing thousands to flee their homes into the wilderness, posing a humanitarian challenge in a country that has suffered from destabilization for years. Continue reading
Ten cases of polio have been confirmed in Syria — the first appearance of the disease in the country since 1999. Gwen Ifill speaks with Joel Charny of InterAction on how the outbreak adds to the challenge of the humanitarian crisis and how the ongoing war has caused the destruction of the nation’s medical infrastructure. Continue reading