Disaster Relief



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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


Statement on attacks on medical facilities and personnel in Syria

UNICEF and WHO urge all parties to the conflict to end all attacks on health facilities, personnel and ambulances and to allow the provision of health services to the many innocent civilians in desperate need. Thousands of lives are at stake.

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U.S. Pledges Nearly $90M In Additional Humanitarian Aid To South Sudan

The Guardian: U.S. pledges $90m to South Sudan but warns of sanctions should peace fail “The U.S. has promised almost $90m (£60m) of extra aid to South Sudan but warned its newly reconciled leaders that failure to engage properly with the peace process could result in sanctions or an arms embargo. … The new funding…More

News in the Humanosphere: India in midst of worst drought in 50 Years

India is suffering. In the midst of the worst drought, it has seen in half a century, some 330 million people are currently affected, reports the government. The scarcity is so severe that schools, farms, and even hospitals cannot function – doctors don’t have enough water to wash their hands – and many people are

MSF-, ICRC-Backed Syrian Hospital Destroyed In Aleppo Airstrike; At Least 27 Killed

The Guardian: Airstrike on MSF-backed Aleppo hospital kills patients and doctors “A Syrian hospital backed by Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been destroyed in an airstrike in Aleppo, killing patients and doctors including one of the last pediatricians remaining in the rebel-held part of the city…” (Shaheen/Black,…More

Nepal earthquake: One year on, what has the response been?

Immediately after the Nepal earthquake the world reacted generously, with international governments, multilateral agencies and private donors pledging support of over US$4 billion. But Nepali citizens and agencies acting on their behalf needed to know more than how much had been offered; they needed to know how money was being spent – where, when, on what and for whom – to coordinate and deliver an effective response, and for that response to be accountable to the people it was aiming to help. Yet this information was not widely available, making it impossible to ‘follow the money’, from when it leaves donors’ bank accounts, to where it is spent on the ground. Figure 1: Top ten donors to the Nepal earthquake response The Earthquake Response Transparency Portal National and international media highlighted the lack of information on how and where funds were being used, and the potential impact of this on the overall response. In reaction to local demand for information, our partner in Kathmandu, the technology organisation Young Innovations, established the Earthquake Response Transparency Portal

Nepal quake 1 year later: Most of the 2 million left homeless still in temporary or unsafe…

Recovery is still under way in Nepal one year after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 8,700 people and destroyed 750,000 homes. Yet, problems persist as rubble remains and people continue to live in temporary shelters. It is an all-too common situation after a major disaster, and aid groups working in Nepal are concerned

Disaster Risk Management Critical To Achieving Sustainable Development

The Guardian: The world’s humanitarian burden is too big. How can we lessen it? Robert Glasser, head of disaster risk reduction for the U.N., and Stephen O’Brien, undersecretary-general for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs “…Sustainable development cannot be achieved unless we roll back the tide of economic loss suffered by developing…More

Long-Term Investments In Global Health Capacity Vital To Emergency Response Preparedness

Global Health NOW: Important vs. Urgent Roger L. Glass, director of the Fogarty International Center and associate director for global health research at the NIH “…I view ‘urgent’ global health problems as those that present suddenly and are responded to in crisis mode. … ‘Important’ global health problems seem to me to be those big…More

Concern mounts over Ecuador’s response to earthquake devastation

Even before a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Ecuador on Saturday, leaving a path of destruction estimated to cost between $15 billion and $30 billion to rebuild, the South American country was neck deep in economic woes. Now, concern is rising over the country’s ability to pay for the reconstruction and displacement

Unexpected details ram home scale of Gaza crisis

Contaminated water corrodes surgical instruments, but this problem gets lost among so many others.

News in the Humanosphere: Deadly airstrike in Syria ends ceasefire and peace talks

Air strikes on two markets in northwest Syria have killed more than 50 people, local sources told Al Jazeera, as Syria’s opposition negotiators said they were leaving peace talks that were held in Geneva. The strikes were among the deadliest since a ceasefire took effect in Syria at the end of February, Rami Abdurrahman, chief

News in the Humanosphere: Massive earthquake kills more than 350 in Ecuador

The death toll from Ecuador’s biggest earthquake in decades soared to 350 on Monday as survivors cobbled together makeshift coffins to bury loved ones, lined up for water and sought shelter beside the rubble of their shattered homes. The 7.8 magnitude quake struck off the Pacific coast on Saturday and was felt around the Andean

Drought Conditions Increasing Food Insecurity In Ethiopia, Northern Somalia, U.N. Says

Bloomberg: Food Emergency Spreads in Ethiopia as Drought Worsens, U.N. Says “…Consecutive missed rainy seasons last year caused by the ocean-warming effects of El Niño have left about a fifth of Ethiopia’s approximately 100 million population in need of food aid. A total of 443 districts were categorized as being in at least some difficulty,…More

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