Disaster Relief



Syria and the Global Health Community

Can you imagine 6 million children in transit, fleeing violence in their hometowns, seeking a place to live, eat, sleep, and learn with their families Read More


10 Best Practices to Reach Communities in Complex Emergencies

You arrive at Bangui airport in the Central African Republic (CAR) from headquarters, you switch on your smartphone to tell your family and colleagues that you’ve arrived and nothing happens: “there is no network”, said Jean-Luc Mootoosamy, Programme Manager for CAR for the media development organisation Foundation Hirondelle. “One of the closest elements to us here, our phones, doesn’t work. It is the first reality check.” Mootoosamy was speaking at the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network’s first Annual Forum last July, where ‘reality checks’ were a key theme. Since it was established in 2009, members of the CDAC Network have made significant progress in setting up two-way communications with communities affected by natural disasters, “but do we really know what to do in conflict environments like Yemen, CAR or South Sudan?”, asked the chair of the panel, Gregory Barrow, Head of the World Food Programme (WFP) in London. “When we talk about communicating in conflict environments, this is a very tough reality check” said Ana de Vega, Emergency Community-Based Protection Officer for UNHCR


Game-Changer (a lawsuit about staff security in aid)

For those too busy tweeting about #innovation or the #WHS to notice, this week a court in Norway ruled in favor of plaintiff Steve Dennis against the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). NRC was found guilty of “gross negligence” for how it handled the 2012 kidnapping of four of its staff in Dadaab, Kenya. At this […]


Barriers to evidence-based disaster management in Nepal: a qualitative study

Globally, the incidence of natural disasters is increasing with developing countries tending to be worst affected.

Syrian sieges leave more that 1 million at starvation risk

The Syrian government is using one of the oldest war tactics to defeat rebel groups during its civil war – the siege. More than 1 million people are believed to be living under siege in Syria, according to the group Siege Watch. It argues that the problem is much bigger than the U.N. admits and

News in the Humanosphere: Turkey rebuffs calls to open borders for Syrian refugees

Turkey’s leaders on Wednesday lashed out at the United Nations and others who are pressing the country to open its borders to tens of thousands of more Syrian refugees, accusing them of failing to shoulder the responsibility or to stop Russian bombings that have triggered the exodus. “With every refugee that we accept, in a

WFP Launches $84M Appeal For Haiti Amid Worst Drought Since 2001; More Than 1.5M People…

Associated Press: U.N.: Number of Haitians needing food aid spikes amid drought “Drought-stricken Haiti is grappling with its most serious food crisis in 15 years as the number of people in need of urgent food aid has recently spiked, the head of the U.N. World Food Programme’s country office said Tuesday…” (McFadden, 2/9). Miami Herald:…More

Zimbabwe Seeks At Least $1.5B In Food Aid In 2016; UNDP Raises $60M, Feeds 1M People

Bloomberg Business: Zimbabwe Says It Will Require $1.6 Billion in Food Aid in 2016 “Zimbabwe will require $1.6 billion to combat hunger amid the country’s most severe drought in two decades that’s already left three million people without enough to eat, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said…” (Marawanyika, 2/9). International Business Times: Zimbabwe pleads for $1.5bn…More

Conflict, Drought Contribute To Food Insecurity Across Horn Of Africa, South Sudan, U.N….

Agence France-Presse: 40,000 starving to death as S. Sudan teeters on famine: U.N. “At least 40,000 people are being starved to death in South Sudan war zones on the brink of famine, the United Nations said Monday, in a plea to rival forces to let aid in…” (2/8). Agence France-Presse: Children in Somalia starving amid…More

Progress on Clean Energy

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Climate change: Economists agree it’s time for a plan to stop warming

A survey of 365 climate economics experts shows that there is consensus around the need slow climate change because of its long-term negative effects. And they agreed that some sort of carbon-pricing plan is needed to create incentives to reduce emissions and investments in low- or no-carbon energy alternatives. The Institute for Policy Integrity at New

News in the Humanosphere: Syria’s second-largest city comes under siege by Assad forces

Last week, the regime of Bashar al-Assad, supported by Iranian and Lebanese Shia militia, severed the main road from Aleppo to the Turkish border, a narrow corridor through which the rebels and NGOs alike moved supplies. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that several villages in the area were hit by airstrikes on Sunday.

Violence against children in humanitarian settings: A literature review of population-based…

Publication date: March 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 152 Author(s): Lindsay Stark, Debbie Landis Children in humanitarian settings are thought to experience increased exposure to violence, which can impair their physical, emotional, and social development.

Zimbabwe President Mugabe Declares ‘State Of Disaster’ Due To Drought, Food Shortages

Agence France-Presse: Zimbabwe declares ‘state of disaster’ over drought “Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on Friday declared a ‘state of disaster’ in many rural areas hit by a severe drought, with more than a quarter of the population facing food shortages…” (Jongwe, 2/5). BBC News: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe declares drought disaster “…The announcement comes days after…More

Opinion Pieces Discuss Need To Protect Women, Children In Syrian Crisis, Involve Women In Peace…

Project Syndicate: A Breakthrough for Child Refugees? Gordon Brown, U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education and chair of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity “Buried in the declaration from the just-completed fourth United Nations’ Syria Pledging Conference in London is a little publicized but important promise: by next year, every Syrian refugee child…More

USAID’s FEWSNET Helps Civil Society Groups, Governments Prepare For Food Insecurity

The Atlantic: How to See a Famine Before It Starts “…For almost a year, U.S. officials have warned that food could become scarce in regions of the Horn of Africa. These warnings came in the form of the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, a USAID program usually shortened to FEWSNET. With rationalist clarity, FEWSNET classifies…More

Aid Agencies Work To Get Food, Humanitarian Aid To Syrians, But Supplies, Funding Continue To…

Associated Press: Syrian refugees struggle to buy food as aid dwindles “…As aid agencies struggle to keep pace with the worst refugee crisis since World War II, they have been forced to cut back on assistance, including food rations. With no end in sight to the Syrian war, and regional host countries increasingly overwhelmed, many…More

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