Disaster Relief



Acceso gratuito a UpToDate en Ecuador – Free access to UpToDate in Ecuador

[English at the bottom] Como una medida de apoyo para todos los cuerpos de emergencia y profesionales de la salud que toman parte de las Read More


Attacks on civilians and hospitals must stop

On Oct 3, 2015, a US airstrike hit Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF’s) Kunduz Trauma Centre in Afghanistan; 42 lives, including 14 MSF hospital staff, were lost.1 The 92-bed hospital was the only facility with essential trauma care capabilities for hundreds of thousands of people living in northern Afghanistan; those who continue to live amid conflict will critically miss it. The attack was a violation of international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions, a war crime, and an incursion on the sanctity of humanitarian action globally.


Chocolate Snack Diplomacy in Pyongyang, North Korea

I stared down at the small packet containing this presumably chocolate-flavored snack. It was literally labelled as “Chocolate Snack.” I took a bite, not knowing Read More


U.N. 2016 Humanitarian Appeal Up To Record $21.6B Due To Natural Disasters, El Niño, Conflict

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. hikes 2016 humanitarian appeal to record $21.6 bln after new disasters “The United Nations has raised its 2016 humanitarian funding appeal to a record $21.6 billion from $19.7 billion, partly due to new disasters including a cyclone that battered Fiji and an earthquake that hit Ecuador, as well as the deepening…More

Senate report slams Red Cross for lack of accountability in Haiti quake response

Criticism of the American Red Cross’ management of 2010 Haitian earthquake response continues to fall on the organization. A blistering 309-page report by U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, concluded that there “are substantial and fundamental concerns about [American Red Cross] as an organization.” Much of the criticism centers on the fact that more than one-quarter

News in the Humanosphere: Skirmish between Ethiopia and Eritrea threatens return to war

Ethiopia’s military was provoked into launching this week’s attack on Eritrean forces in a disputed border area, a government official said Tuesday, but Eritrea accused its neighbor of military aggression. Eritrean forces fired into Ethiopian positions Sunday, leading to a counter-offensive by Ethiopian troops, Ethiopia government spokesman Getachew Reda told reporters. There was a “major

After the Summit: What next for humanitarianism?

Here’s this week’s vlog – still trying to sort out a better camera and sound, sorry! Spent a fascinating morning recently, discussing the state of humanitarian response with a bunch of fairly senior people from inside ‘the system’ – UN, donors, INGOs etc. It was Chatham House Rule, so that’s as much as I can tell you about the event, but the good news is …

Russia stands in the way of humanitarian air drops in Syria

With roughly 20 towns and cities under siege in Syria, the best possible way to provide assistance to people cut off from food and other supplies is through air drops. The U.N. wants to begin dropping in supplies, but it will not go ahead without support from Russia. So, for the time being, tens of

Drought, Conflict Worsening Food Insecurity Worldwide, FAO Report Shows

U.N. News Centre: Droughts and persisting conflicts exacerbate global food needs — U.N. agency “Droughts linked to El Niño and civil conflicts have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34 in March, a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has…More

No Immediate Plans To Begin Food Aid Airdrops In Syria, U.N. Says

New York Times: U.N. Plans No Imminent Airdrops of Aid in Syria, Despite Expired Deadline “The United Nations on Thursday dimmed any prospect of immediate airdrops of aid to Syrian civilians trapped by the war, despite an expired deadline imposed on Syria’s government to allow unfettered humanitarian access by land. United Nations officials said the…More

Health in Flight: Medicine and Migration at the MSF Scientific Days

Rebecca Lockhart, PLOS Medicine Publications Assistant, reflects on Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Scientific Days 2016. At this year’s annual scientific conference held by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) the dominant theme was clear from the programme

Breastfeeding Critical For Child Survival In Humanitarian Emergencies

Devex: Breastfeeding in emergencies: A question of survival Francesco Branca, director of nutrition for health and development at the WHO, and Werner Schultink, associate director in the program division of UNICEF in New York and chief of nutrition “…Breastfeeding becomes … critical for survival in humanitarian emergencies, where young children are among the most vulnerable.…More

News in the Humanosphere: At least 7 dead after western Indonesia volcano eruption

The death toll in the eruption of a volcano in western Indonesia rose to seven on Sunday, with two other people in critical condition, as an official warned of more eruptions. Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province blasted volcanic ash as high as 2 miles into the sky on Saturday, said National Disaster Management Agency

ThinkHazard! – A new, simple platform for understanding and acting on disaster risk

Too many times after a natural hazard strikes, public outcries follow once the level of devastation becomes clear. People wonder – and often rightly so – if the disaster could have been prevented.  After the 2015 Nepal earthquake for example, years of investment in school buildings was wiped away in seconds because schools were not built to withstand earthquakes – often because people were not aware of the earthquake risk. Fortunately, it was a Saturday so the schools that collapsed did not also result in unimaginable human tragedy.  

Post-disaster health impact of natural hazards in the Philippines in 2013

AbstractBackground: In 2011, the Health Emergency Management Bureau (HEMB) created the Surveillance for Post Extreme Emergencies and Disasters (SPEED), a real-time syndromic surveillance system that allows the early detection and monitoring of post-disaster disease trends.

The association between exposure and psychological health in earthquake survivors from the…

In this study, exposure refers to survivors who suffered from life-changing situations, such as personal injuries, the deaths or injury of family members, relatives or friends or the loss of or damage to perso…

U.N. Secretary General, IOM Director General Warn Global Humanitarian Crises Negatively…

The Guardian: Global crises overwhelming aid system, says migration chief “The world’s top official managing migration flows has warned that the global aid system is crumbling under an overwhelming number of crises, from wars across the Middle East and Asia to natural disasters and earthquakes. William Swing, veteran head of the International Organization for Migration,…More

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