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


Joint Statement on Syria

DAVOS, Switzerland – While efforts to fully implement a ceasefire in Syria continue, we again appeal for immediate, unconditional, and safe access to reach the children and families who are still cut off from humanitarian aid across the country.

Malawi, UNICEF Open Drone-Testing Corridor For Delivering Health Care, Disaster Relief

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

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 condemns reported attacks using ambulances as weapons targeting civilians in Tikrit and…

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.

A tale of two disasters: Communities connecting and learning from each other

Community members from Nepal learn how to make paper jewelry crafts from Ibasho-Japan members. (Photo: Margaret Arnold / World Bank) In the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015, Santoshi Rana of Bihani, a social venture working with elderly community members in Kathmandu, noticed that many efforts engaged the youth in relief and recovery activities. “Our elderly were completely left out of the equation, and were treated as passive beneficiaries in need of care.” So she took to the Internet to see what resources she could find. She came across a World Bank-Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) report, “Elders Leading the Way to Resilience,” which assessed the impact of Ibasho café, an elder-led recovery effort in Ofunato, Japan, following the Great East Japan Earthquake (GEJE) in 2011. Ibasho: a Japanese approach to community resilience In Ofunato, elder community members planned and built the Ibasho Café, which serves as a hub to restore the fabric of a community badly damaged by the GEJE disaster.

News in the Humanosphere: Super typhoon strikes the Philippines, kills at least 8

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

How can we make Disasters Dull? Book review

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 …

Q&A: WHO’s response to the Syrian health crisis

Tarik Jasarevich discusses the pace of deterioration in Syria, its healthcare needs and how stakeholders are working on the ground to improve the situation.

News in the Humanosphere: Humanitarian pause starts in Aleppo, U.N. hopes to evacuate civilians

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

This video shows the horrifying destruction of the Syrian civil war on 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.

News in the Humanosphere: Syrian government accused of yet another chemical weapon attack

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

Hurricane Matthew and Haiti: Putting CDC Expertise to Work

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.

Death toll rising in storm-ravaged areas of southern Haiti

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

News in the Humanosphere: U.N. launches $120 million appeal for Haiti

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

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