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By Eldis Jobs
Organization: International Medical Corps Closing date: 28 Jun 2013 International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance. JOB SUMMARY The Chief of Party will ensure that activity objectives are effectively met
More than 190 people were killed after a 7·0-magnitude earthquake struck China’s southwestern Sichuan province at 8:02 am on April 20. The epicentre was in Lushan County, about 116 km away from Chengdu, the provincial capital. The Chengdu Military Region Command dispatched thousands of troops to Lushan 20 minutes after the shock, and in the [...]
Right now in Oklahoma, first responders and volunteers are pulling out the stops to mobilize all the help they can, including psychological support. They’ll be able to rely on people’s great reserves of generosity and resilience. via Dissecting the controversy about early psychological response to disasters and trauma | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network.
I’m not sure I totally buy the claim that nearly all of these displacements are due to disasters driven by climate change, but it’s still an interesting map. As the Guardian reports: More than 32 million people fled their homes last year because of disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes – 98% of displacement … Continue reading →
Pre-dawn emergency workers searched feverishly for survivors in the rubble of homes, primary schools and an hospital in an Oklahoma City suburb ravaged by a massive Monday afternoon tornado feared to have killed up to 91 people and injured well over 200 residents. via Search for Survivors Races On as 91 Feared Dead in Tornado-Hit [...]
View original post here: 8 Technology Lessons of Hurricane Sandy
Standing atop a disused amphitheater in a disused airforce base, we could see over the surrounding area. On the right, a sea of shacks nuzzled together in hope and desperation. On the left, stretches of cracked concrete with just one shack here, one shack there.The emptying expanse to the left was the story of success. More than three years after the massive earthquake that shattered so much of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, rental subsidies were moving households quickly out of camps to houses in the community. read more
April 22, 2013 An earthquake struck China’s Sichuan province over the weekend. Relief efforts are under way as reports show 182 people died and over 8,000 were injured. From CNN: The Sichuan Red Cross estimated that drinking water in Ya’an City will run out within three days despite rescue workers’ efforts to deliver supplies to quake-hit area. In more remote areas, where the shifting earth muddied river waters, people anxiously awaited evacuation, Xinhua said. Thousands of emergency workers, including soldiers, rushed to reach the affected zones in the hilly region, but their progress was impeded. Huge mountain chunks near the quake’s epicenter in Lushan County have sheared off and fallen into valleys
By PLoS Medicine Blog
Image Credit: jurvetson via flickr This week PLOS Currents: Disasters publishes a set of five papers on the Human Impact of five different Natural Disasters: cyclones, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. These papers illustrate several interesting issues in attempting to assess data in this area; a key one of which is simply how hard it is to gather data in any systematic way. The papers review the published literature on each topic. In addition, each paper includes a historical review of events compiled from relevant databases in the specific field, dating back as far as 1900, which provide essential additional data. What do these papers show?
By From Poverty to Power
I know I go on all the time about ‘how change happens’, but often in development the important question is ‘why doesn’t change happen?’, and we need to get better at answering it. On Tuesday Oxfam published Learning the Lessons, an analysis of the response to the 2012 Sahel food crisis, which affected some 18m
April 17, 2013 At least 34 people died as the result of an earthquake on Tuesday. Relief efforts are underway as aftershocks continue. VOA reports: The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter for Tuesday afternoon’s earthquake was near the Iranian cities of Khash and Saravan in Sistan and Baluchistan province. The region has experienced several quakes since then, including a magnitude 5.7 early Wednesday. Iranian state media said one person was killed by falling rocks after the initial earthquake. Provincial Governor Hatam Narouyi said Tuesday the epicenter was in a sparsely-populated area
A report examines why early warning systems are good at predicting crises but bad at triggering preventive action.
World is failing massive flood of Syrian refugees (Economist) – While refugees were leaving Syria last year in a steady trickle, now they have become a flood. Agencies and host countries are struggling to cope. Most of the refugees are women and children. Shell verdict will determine whether other firms could be tried for oil … Continue reading →
By Kaiser GH Update
“In the largest ever fundraising conference in U.N. history, the international community pledged [Wednesday] more than $1.5 billion in humanitarian aid for the people of Syria,” IRIN reports. Noting the conference was hosted by Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, foreign minister of Kuwait, the news service writes, “The largest donors were the Gulf states (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates each pledged $300 million), the United States ($155 million) and the European Union ($136 million), though donors from as far as Iran, China and Botswana also made contributions.”