Every day, almost 500 women die during pregnancy or childbirth in humanitarian settings. Additionally, nearly sixty percent of preventable maternal deaths take place in regions Read More
Article published in August 2016 Source: WHO | Reforming mental health in Lebanon amid refugee crises
By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Swiping right or tapping on a mobile phone are not typical ways of helping poor communities, but a new app launched by a medical charity on Friday aims to use technology to help aid workers map areas at risk of conflict, disasters and disease. Using the latest
Agence France-Presse: Malawi drone test center to help with health care, disasters “Malawi on Thursday launched Africa’s first drone-testing corridor as developing countries explore how drones could be used during humanitarian crises such as floods, or to deliver blood for HIV tests…” (12/15). U.N. News Centre: UNICEF partners with the Government of Malawi to test…More
WHO condemns reported attacks using ambulances to target civilians in Tikrit and Samarra. WHO received reports of suicide bombers driving ambulances, killing more than 20 people and injuring dozens more at a checkpoint in Tikrit and a car park in Samarra. The reported use of medical vehicles as weapons threatens the ability to deliver health care and urgent medical services. When ambulances are suspected as potential security threats, their freedom of movement to care for the sick and injured is at risk of life-threatening delays. Such delays will leave vulnerable people with even less access to life-saving medical care.
One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Philippines killed at least eight people on Thursday as ferocious gales and landslides destroyed tens of thousands of homes. Super Typhoon Haima struck late on Wednesday night with winds similar to those of catastrophic Haiyan in 2013, which was then the strongest storm to strike
Oxfam Senior Humanitarian Policy Adviser Debbie Hillier can barely contain her excitement – today is International Day for Disaster Reduction. To celebrate, she reviews a new book on the issue While policy frameworks on Disaster Risk Reduction have proliferated – the SDGs, the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework – the practicality remains elusive. This is the issue addressed by Dull Disasters? How Planning ahead will make a …
Tarik Jasarevich discusses the pace of deterioration in Syria, its healthcare needs and how stakeholders are working on the ground to improve the situation.
A “humanitarian pause” in the Syrian army’s Russian-backed assault on Aleppo took effect Thursday, but despite a drop in violence there was little sign residents were heeding calls to leave. Moscow said the truce would be extended by 24 hours, and the UN said it hoped to carry out the first medical evacuations from Aleppo
Bombings have devastated Aleppo. Rebels are the targets, but oftentimes it is Syrian civilians who bear the brunt of the attacks – losing their homes and family members in an instant.
An international inquiry blamed Syrian government forces for a third chemical weapons attack, according to a confidential report to the United Nations Security Council. The report, prepared by a joined committee set up by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and seen by Reuters news agency, was presented to the
St. Antoine Hospital in Jérémie, Haiti (photo courtesy of Ashley Greiner, CDC) Life can quickly move from hard to catastrophic when a vulnerable island nation lies directly in the path of a Category 4 storm, as Haiti did when Hurricane Matthew roared ashore to bludgeon its remote southwest region on October 4th. People need immediate shelter when a disaster like this strikes. They need doctors, nurses, and medical supplies. They need diagnostics, food, vaccines, and clean water.
Aid officials say up to 90 percent of southern Haiti has been destroyed since Hurricane Matthew struck the impoverished nation last week, with the death count rising to nearly 900 people. The death toll is likely to rise as many bodies are likely still buried in the rubble or in the hardest-hit areas that cannot yet
The U.N. humanitarian agency in Geneva made an emergency appeal Monday for nearly $120 million in aid, saying about 750,000 people in southwest Haiti alone will need “life-saving assistance and protection” in the next three months. U.N. officials said earlier that at least 1.4 million people across the region need assistance and that 2.1 million
Financial Times: Zika sparks U.S. call for future emergencies fund “…Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is arguing for a reserve of money akin to the disaster relief fund that officials can rely on in the event of a catastrophe such as an earthquake or terrorist attack. … He…More