Archive for 'Natural disaster'
When it comes to emergencies, the media tend to focus most on deaths as a result of the catastrophe. While the deaths are tragic, the full picture comes in looking at the entire impact of the typhoon on its victims. Here, from the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is an infographic that gives [...]
Save the Children has a pretty nifty project going on (a beneficiary is pictured above) in northeastern Kenya that not only gets locally produced milk to malnourished children and pregnant/breastfeeding women, but also seeks to strengthen the region’s entire milk-production chain. I wrote about it while profiling Karl Frey, a Save technical advisor to the [...]
Posted: February 19th, 2013 under Africa, Global health, NGOs, Natural disaster, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: child nutrition, children's health, Kenya, malnutrition, Mennonites, milk, Save the Children
Some groups are looking at how online technology can assist refugees during and after emergencies. This story comes from Global Voices. Global Voices is “an international community of bloggers who report on blogs and citizen media from around the world,” according to its website.
Says Global Voices about the groups: “The first, Refugees United, uses online [...]
This from IRIN:
humanitarian news and analysis
a service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
In-Brief: First-aid guide for mental health in a disaster
GENEVA, 17 August 2011 (IRIN) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the publication of a first-aid guide to help field workers deal with psychological issues during disasters, [...]
Posted: August 17th, 2011 under Disaster aid, Foreign policy, Global health, Natural disaster, United Nations, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: emergency aid, relief workers, World Health Organization, World Vision
IRIN, the UN humanitarian news and analysis service, has a report this morning that gives some context to the emergency playing out in Somalia. Here are the first paragraphs of the story, but it’s well worth reading the entire report to get a deeper understanding of what Somalis are facing. Really, has there ever been a [...]
Posted: July 26th, 2011 under Africa, Disaster aid, Foreign policy, International Criminal Court, Natural disaster, United Nations, human rights, humanitarian.
Tags: child malnutrition, children's health, Drought, famine, Refugee camps, refugees, Somalia
This hugely important story from IRIN looks at how children are faring in the drought-propelled humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa. Too often, children get overlooked in these under-publicized emergencies. Cheers for humanitarian organizations, such as Unicef and Save the Children, and media outlets such as IRIN ( the Integrated Regional Information Networks from the U.N. Office [...]
Posted: July 18th, 2011 under Africa, Disaster aid, NGOs, Natural disaster, United Nations, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: African Union, Dadaab refugee camp, Drought, Ethiopia, Kenya, malnutrition, refugees, Save the Children, Somalia, UNICEF
I repost here a great story from those fine folks at IRIN on why Save the Children had such a hard time getting contributions for those affected by political violence in Cote d’Ivoire, while tens of millions of dollars was raised for Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims. Here it is. Visit the IRIN website for [...]
Posted: May 19th, 2011 under Africa, Asia, Disaster aid, NGOs, Natural disaster, civil wars, humanitarian.
Tags: charitable giving, Cote d'Ivoire, earthquake, IRIN, Japan, Save the Children, tsunami
In my continuing effort to return the spotlight periodically to forgotten crises, this just in from Handicap International:
February 1, 2011
PAKISTAN FLOODS, SIX MONTHS LATER
WASHINGTON – For the last six months, Handicap International’s 500-strong team has supported people stricken by the flooding that has devastated Pakistan, affecting 20 million people and damaging 1.7 million homes. The [...]
Posted: February 1st, 2011 under Asia, Disaster aid, Foreign policy, Global health, NGOs, Natural disaster, development aid, human rights, humanitarian.
Tags: flood, forgotten crises, Handicap International, Pakistan
Media, online and offline, are swamped with stories about the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that leveled Port-au-Prince and other areas of southern Haiti. Most chronicle the slow and no rate of progress in the reconstruction, all from easily predictable circumstances and patterns of behavior. Here are two stories though that present straight-forward information, in [...]
Posted: January 12th, 2011 under Caribbean, Disaster aid, Foreign policy, Global health, NGOs, Natural disaster, humanitarian.
Tags: children's rights, displaced people, earthquake, Haiti, Haiti earthuake, reconstruction
It comes from the nongovernmental organization Handicap International. Considering all of the crush injuries that resulted in amputations what this group did and didn’t accomplish on the ground addresses a critical aspect of this anniversary event. Read the report here.
Posted: January 11th, 2011 under Caribbean, Disaster aid, Global health, NGOs, Natural disaster, humanitarian.
Tags: amputations, children's health, disabilities, earthquake, Haiti, Haiti earthquake, Handicap International, prostheses