Disaster Relief


A Quiet Crisis: Reproductive Health Among Displaced Syrians

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

WHO | Reforming mental health in Lebanon amid refugee crises

Article published in August 2016 Source: WHO | Reforming mental health in Lebanon amid refugee crises

New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

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


U.S. Government Should Allow USAID To Join Puerto Rico Humanitarian Response Efforts

HuffPost: Let USAID Help Puerto Rico Ben Barer, journalist and former USAID employee “U.S. disaster relief agencies are struggling but failing to restore electricity, water, food, and medical care to 3.4 million citizens on Puerto Rico since two hurricanes hit last month. … The failure to allow USAID to join in rescue and relief operations…More

Local Aid Groups Struggle To Obtain Larger Share Of Donor Funding For Disaster Responses

NPR: Local Aid Groups Are Key To Disaster Relief. So Why Are They Overlooked? “…Local groups like SRISTI [in India] are the unsung heroes in post-disaster recovery. ‘They know the community much better.

Financing of international collective action for #epidemic and pandemic #preparedness

The global pandemic response has typically followed cycles of panic followed by neglect. We are now, once again, in a phase of neglect, leaving the world highly vulnerable to massive loss of life and economic shocks from natural or human-made epidemics and pandemics. Quantifying the size of the losses caused by large-scale outbreaks is challenging because the epidemiological and economic research in this field is still at an early stage. Research on the 1918 influenza H1N1 pandemic and recent epidemics and pandemics has shown a range of estimated losses (panel).

U.S. Should Extend Temporary Protected Status For Haitians

New York Times: Don’t Send 50,000 Back to Fragile Haiti Editorial Board “Tens of thousands of Haitians living in the United States are facing an ominous deadline. The temporary protected status that has allowed them to live and work here legally since 2010 — the year an earthquake devastated their country and left them unable…More

A crisis of protection and safe passage: violence experienced by migrants/refugees

Pushed by ongoing conflicts and pulled by the desire for a better life, over one million migrants/refugees transited Balkan countries and arrived in Europe during 2015 and early 2016.

Fatal isolation: The devastating Paris heat wave of 2003

Volume 12, Issue 4, April 2017, Page 515-517.

CDC’s Global Rapid Response Team Addresses Global Health Emergencies

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Global Rapid Responders — Our Boots on the Ground Defense Ashley Greiner, an emergency public health epidemiologist with the CDC’s Global Rapid Response Team (Global RRT), discusses the work of the Global RRT in addressing public health emergencies, as well as her experience responding to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti (2/15).

Primary Health Care Systems Serve As Front Lines In Disease Outbreaks, Must Be Strengthened

The Conversation: How best to prepare for epidemics? Strengthen primary care Ashwin Vasan, assistant professor of Clinical Population Health & Medicine at Columbia University “…Why is primary care important in epidemics like Ebola or Zika? First, we know that primary care providers play an important role in initial outbreak response and surveillance. … Community health…More

Global Rapid Responders- Our Boots on the Ground Defense

Ashley Greiner (Global RRT Tier 1 Emergency Public Health Epidemiologist) worked long hours in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Dr. Greiner is seen here checking samples labels before sending them to the Port au Prince national laboratory for testing in October 2016 (Photo courtesy of Coralie Giese) Because our world is more connected than ever, a disease threat that occurs anywhere can very quickly spread across boundaries and become a threat to people worldwide. New microbes are emerging and spreading, drug resistance is rising, and limited biosafety and security measures in laboratories around the world make the intentional or unintentional release of dangerous microbes easier.

A novel bio-psycho-social approach for rehabilitation of traumatized victims of torture and war…

Some evidence showed that multidisciplinary rehabilitation in Western countries is effective for treating war-related trauma, but it remains unclear whether this approach is applicable to civilians living in r…

Haitian Government, U.N., Partner Organizations Launch 2-Year, $291M Plan To Save Lives,…

U.N. News Centre: Haitian Government, U.N., and partners launch two-year plan aimed at saving lives, building resilience “The United Nations together with relief organizations in Haiti have launched a two-year, $291 million response plan with the government to reach more than 2.4 million people across the island that was struck by a devastating hurricane last…More

The Impact of Unanticipated Economic Shocks on the Demand for Contraceptives: Evidence from…

Abstract We investigate the impact of unanticipated economic shocks on the use of contraceptives for childbirth control in Uganda using a nationally representative panel of women.

Untangling the disaster-depression knot: The role of social ties after Deepwater Horizon

Publication date: March 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 177 Author(s): Ariane L.

U.S. Official Reflects On Obama Administration’s Humanitarian Assistance Efforts

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Reflecting on Eight Years of U.S. Refugee Assistance Anne C. Richard, assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) at the State Department, reflects on the humanitarian aid work of the Obama administration, including refugee assistance, disaster relief, and food aid (1/17).

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