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Dana Farrington – NPR – Tuesday, 19 November 2013 (originally published 16 Nov)

Women in a makeshift hospital

A mother breastfeeds her baby inside a chapel that was turned into a makeshift hospital after Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines. Image: John Lavellana/Reuters/Landov

In natural disasters and war zones, food and water aren’t the only basic needs, aid and human rights groups say.

Humanitarian crises immediately put women and girls , with displacement, loss of security and the breakdown of institutions. and filled with Somalis fleeing drought and war are just two of many tragic examples. But resources for addressing the issue tend to lag until after the demands of other basic needs.

They should go hand in hand, say representatives of governments and aid groups at an international conference in London earlier this week. They pledged to prioritize the safety of women and children from the very start of an emergency. They also pledged nearly $67 million in funding to programs in current crises, such as Syria, Congo, Pakistan and Ethiopia . . .

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