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The west’s peanut butter bias chokes Haiti’s attempts to feed itself | Rashmee Roshan Lall

Rashmee Rosahn Lall, Guardian Development Network | “Local provider of food to tackle malnourishment faces closure because aid agencies buy subsidised products from abroad.” The west’s Read More

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Medical Missions – A Critical Perspective

Nicole S. Berry is a medical anthropologist based at Simon Fraser University. She is an expert in the anthropology of reproductive health and indigenous health Read More

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West Africa’s Ebola epidemic: preventable?

Lisa Denney, Poverty Matters | “The gaps in Sierra Leone’s health system reflect need for support so that such diseases do not wreak havoc in Read More

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The west’s peanut butter bias chokes Haiti’s attempts to feed itself | Rashmee Roshan Lall

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Rashmee Rosahn Lall, Guardian Development Network | “Local provider of food to tackle malnourishment faces closure because aid agencies buy subsidised products from abroad.” The west’s Read More


Medical Missions – A Critical Perspective

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Nicole S. Berry is a medical anthropologist based at Simon Fraser University. She is an expert in the anthropology of reproductive health and indigenous health Read More


West Africa’s Ebola epidemic: preventable?

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Lisa Denney, Poverty Matters | “The gaps in Sierra Leone’s health system reflect need for support so that such diseases do not wreak havoc in Read More


Floods kill more than 80 in Afghanistan

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June 9, 2014 More than 80 bodies have been found two days after a devastating flash flood in Afghanistan’s mountainous and remote north, a provincial official said Sunday. From the AP: Lt. Fazel Rahman, the police chief in the Guzirga i-Nur district of Baghlan province, said the death toll from Friday’s flash flooding had climbed to 81 from 54. Some 850 houses across several villages were completely destroyed and more than 1,000 were damaged by the heavy rain and flooding, leaving thousands of people in need of shelter, food, water and medicine, Rahman said. Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said Army helicopters were assisting in relief efforts in the remote district, which is just 140 kilometers (85 miles) north of the provincial capital Puli Khumri, but is an eight to nine hour journey by land because of the rugged terrain.


Ensure safety on Uganda water bodies

Boats being readied for sailing, with no passengers wearing life jackets

Two months back the country was shocked and saddened by the news of a drowning incident when a boat meant to carry 50 people capsized Read More


Disaster Relief Begins After Balkans Flooding

Media outlets report on the response to recent flooding in the Balkans. Associated Press: Recovery from Balkans floods will take billions “Floodwaters receded Wednesday in Bosnia and Serbia, just enough to reveal the next shock: recovery from the historic flood will cost billions of euros that neither of the countries has. … Both countries say…More


Africa Launches Risk Pool Insurance Scheme To Address Climatic Disasters

Reuters: Africa assumes onus on disaster relief with catastrophe insurance pool “…On May 1, Africa launched its first sovereign risk pool insurance scheme, marking a major policy shift in the way climatic events such as droughts, and from next year floods, will be tackled by the world’s poorest continent. The risk pool has the potential…More


Disaster Relief Network In Philippines Concerned About Onset Of Typhoon Season

Devex: Nowhere to run James Shepherd-Barron, disaster management consultant, disaster epidemiologist, and Shelter Cluster coordinator in the Philippines “…Within a week after [Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines], the organizations that together form the Shelter Cluster had distributed tarpaulins, blankets, mats, and cooking sets to 35,000 of the worst-affected families. … Despite these achievements, the Shelter…More


U.K.’s Increased Disaster Relief Spending Should Not Come At Expense Of Poor, MPs Say

The Guardian: U.K. aid should not prop up richer countries at expense of poor, say MPs “Britain’s increased spending on humanitarian emergencies should not come at the expense of aid to low-income countries, [members of Parliament (MPs)] have warned. In its annual report on spending at the Department for International Development (DfID), the international development…More


Improving Health Interventions and Decision Making in Disasters

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PLOS Medicine: Optimal Evidence in Difficult Settings: Improving Health Interventions and Decision Making in Disasters.


“Fetishism” and Humanitarian Aid – an Interview

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I recently ran across a fascinating article in the Third World Quarterly, The fetishism of humanitarian objects and the management of malnutrition in emergencies. The Read More


Opinion Pieces Address Humanitarian Relief Efforts In Philippines

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The following is a summary of several opinion pieces from two authors published in separate blogs from The Guardian that discuss post-disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. Cecil Laguardia, Poverty Matters Blog: “When we touched down in Tacloban, the desolation and bleakness seemed to engulf a wide area — it was no longer the city…More


U.S. Military ‘Should Prioritize’ Issues Surrounding Humanitarian Response

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“The scale of the U.S. military’s response to the disastrous Haiyan Typhoon in the Philippines has been impressive … But military-led disaster relief is not only a humanitarian imperative — it can also serve a larger strategic imperative as a part of U.S. foreign policy,” Erik Brattberg, a fellow at the School of Advanced International…More


UN doubles down on refusal to accept Haiti cholera lawsuit

The United Nations again refused to take responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti caused by a peacekeeping unit from Nepal.Legal claims against the UN were again rejected as the body reaffirmed its stance that it is a ‘political and policy matter.’The cholera outbreak that started in October 2010 has killed nearly 8,200 Haitians and infected an estimated 665,00 people. More evidence, including a study published this month, shows that the cholera was imported from Nepal by a peacekeeping unit and was spread due to improper waste disposal into a nearby river.A letter from the UN addressed to Brian Concannon, Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), refused to consider mediation and said that “there is no basis for such engagement in connection with claims that are not receivable.” Patricia O’Brien, Under Secretary-General for Legal Affairs for the UN’s Legal Counsel, also refuted claims by IJDH that the UN has not lived up to its obligation to the victims of he cholera outbreak. She includes excerpts from recent remarks by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.“Since the outbreak of the disease, the United Nations, in cooperation with other partners, has taken several steps to contain and combat the epidemic and prevent future outbreaks,” said Ban. “These efforts have helped to decrease the rate of new infection by 90 per cent since the outbreak began. The mortality rate has been brought down to around 1 per cent


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