Disaster Relief


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


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


‘Serious concern’ in Somalia as 5 million go hungry, U.N. says

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — The number of Somalis who do not have enough to eat has risen to 5 million, or more than four out of 10 people, due to poor rains, the United Nations said on Tuesday, with children at the greatest risk of ill health and death. The figure

Food aid reaches 140,000 hit by floods in North Korea, aid group says

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Food aid has reached more than 140,000 people hit by recent floods in North Korea, but more is needed to help them through the country’s upcoming severe winter, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) said on Tuesday. The floods in the country’s north were caused by heavy rainfall in late

Avoiding catastrophes: seeking synergies among the public health, environmental…

Global health catastrophes have complex origins, often rooted in social disruption, poverty, conflict, and environmental collapse. Avoiding them will require a new integrative analysis of the links between disease, armed conflict, and environmental degradation within a socioecological vulnerability and human security context. Exploring these connections was the aim of Avoiding Catastrophe: Linking Armed Conflict, Harm to Ecosystems, and Public Health, an expert workshop held in May 4–6, 2016, at Concordia University in Montreal, QC, Canada.

News in the Humanosphere: South Sudanese forces shot at American diplomatic convoy, report

On the night of July 7, seven American diplomats in Juba left a farewell dinner early and were headed back to the U.S. Embassy, anxious to avoid the city’s deepening chaos, when their two-car convoy was ambushed by the South Sudanese presidential guard of Salva Kiir. South Sudanese troops fired between 50 and 100 rounds at

How Better Data Means Better Decisions in Emergencies

In an emergency, health workers need access to information quickly. They need to know the facts: Where is the outbreak occurring? Who is it affecting? How is it spreading?

PIH’s Response to Cholera in Haiti

Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthPatients are treated at the Cholera Treatment Center in Mirebalais, Haiti, on Nov. 8, 2012. Last week, the United Nations acknowledged its role in the outbreak of cholera in Haiti, which began in October 2010. Since then, the epidemic has killed nearly 10,000 people; hundreds of thousands more have become seriously ill

News in the Humanosphere: Worsening hunger crisis in Lake Chad region, warns UNICEF

Nearly half a million children around Lake Chad face “severe acute malnutrition” due to drought and a seven-year insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, UNICEF said on Thursday. Of the 475,000 deemed at risk, 49,000 in Nigeria’s Borno state, Boko Haram’s heartland, will die this year if they do not receive

5 Ways to Harness Data and Technology for Disaster Response

When disaster strikes, real time updates about evolving crisis situations and information about those affected, including their needs and locations, are paramount to effective emergency response and better decision-making. Yet gathering essential data to provide rapid disaster relief involves many challenges ranging from security of aid workers to cultural barriers and difficulties in communication. Here are five was we can gather and analyze data faster and better for disaster response: 1. Social Media Platforms, like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, played a significant role in Nepal 2014 earthquake relief operations with tweets and hashtags used to gather and disseminate information about where aid is needed. UNOCHA together with Standby Task Force used tweets from Nepal to develop a crisis map of priority areas of where aid was needed

News in the Humanosphere: Floods in Sudan force people from homes, cut off aid

Aid workers are struggling to get hundreds of tons of aid to people made homeless by widespread flooding in Sudan after torrential rains severed a highway and other roads. Trucks and vehicles loaded with relief supplies and construction materials were stranded in the eastern state of Kasala as authorities battled to repair damaged roads, an

One Humanitarian

The World Humanitarian Day is today August 19th, 2016 and the theme for this year is “One Humanitarian”. The day was designated in 2003 to honor the lives of 22 humanitarian workers who were killed in  a terrorist attack in Baghdad, Iraq. Currently, there are 130 million people who are living in crisis and face impossible choices. All wars, conflicts and internal displacements disrupt the strong social, economic and cultural support systems that people have built and cultivated over the years.

Modernizing weather forecasts and disaster planning to save lives

Is it hot outside? Should I bring an umbrella?   Most of us don’t think much beyond these questions when we check the weather report on a typical day. But weather information plays a much more critical role than providing intel on whether to take an umbrella or use sunscreen. It can help manage the effects of climate change, prevent economic losses and save lives when extreme weather hits. 

Children live in ‘deplorable conditions,’ trapped in detention camps in Greece

Children, many unaccompanied, are among the thousands of refugees being held in detention camps on the Greek islands of Lesvos and Chios. Humanitarian groups argue that the months-long detentions are creating immense hardships, most acutely for the children who, the groups say, should never be detained in the first place. “Children, under no circumstances, should

3D printing upgrades crisis response

Hear MSF’s Elvina Motard explain how new technologies are transforming emergency response.

Rohingya controversy muddies the waters of flood relief efforts in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

Relentless floods have been sweeping through Asia since June, displacing hundreds of millions of people from their homes in countries including China, India, Bangladesh and the Philippines. Across the region, aid groups are scrambling to coordinate disaster relief with local governments. But in Myanmar, where nearly 360,000 people have been displaced by flooding, relief efforts

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