Archive for the ‘Disaster Management’ Category

What Is Today’s Most Urgent Humanitarian Crisis?

Friday, September 29th, 2017 |

  Sadly, we have a crowded line up of contenders for this moment's most pressing human catastrophe. They include Syrians fleeing ISIS, Yemen's cholera epidemic, South Sudanese facing starvation. Yet almost unnoticed, and eclipsing them all, are the more than 400,000 ...

Refugee Healthcare Phases

Friday, June 2nd, 2017 |

  At this moment, UNHCR estimates more than 63 million people are uprooted - more than at any time since WWII. In step with such mobilization, general aid and healthcare for refugees is becoming progressively more pressing, too.   Understanding the Refugee Emergency ...

INMED Award Recipient Returns Toward Mosul

Friday, May 12th, 2017 |

  Lawand Talal is journeying back into harm's way. Today the 2017 INMED Compassionate Service to Humanity Award Recipient is departing his post at the University of Missouri and traveling back into our world's bloodiest conflict: the battle to liberate the ...

My Grandfather Was An IDP

Friday, April 21st, 2017 |

Internally Displaced People (IDPs) are one startling facet of today's global refugee crisis. Accompanying well recognized conflicts in the Syria, Iraq, and Middle East are lesser known yet equally deadly locals of social strife causing people to flee for safety ...

Haiti Launches World’s Largest-Ever Emergency Cholera Vaccination

Friday, November 18th, 2016 |

  We all recall the devastating cholera epidemic that swept through Port-au-Prince following Haiti's 2011 earthquake. Whenever urban centers are disrupted the risk of cholera, causing rapid death via dehydration, is predictably high. So, it is laudable that now, just one ...

Happening Now: The World’s Largest Ever Refugee Exodus

Friday, October 28th, 2016 |

  Seven-year old Ariya, photographed here with her mother and siblings, fled the outskirts of Mosul last week as Kurdish and Iraqi military forces advanced to retake that city from ISIS. Ariya joins the over 3.3 million Iraqis displaced by the ...

Battle For Mosul – Battle For Civilian Lives

Friday, October 21st, 2016 |

  Six months ago from a distant hilltop I viewed the ISIS-held city of Mosul, where one-million civilians are captive. Five days ago began a long-anticipated military campaign by Iraqi and Kurdish forces to retake the city. As the bombs drop ...

Matt Giesbrecht: Giving Haven In Haiti

Friday, October 14th, 2016 |

  "Yes, this is yet another Haitian town destroyed. It seemed like there was even less aid here. The town looked like it had been quite prosperous with cobblestone streets. Damage along the coastline was very severe. Either the houses were ...

Haiti Hurricane Refuge: Higgins Brothers Surgicenter

Friday, October 7th, 2016 |

  Last week as Hurricane Matthew collided with Haiti, citizens by the thousands sought refuge from the 130mph plus winds, tormenting waves, and inland storm surge. One special locale of relief: Higgins Brothers Surgicenter of Hope. This photo  captured by USA ...

65 Million People: Displaced But Not Forgotten

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 |

  Today 1 human in every 113 is a victim of forced displacement. In fact, today's wars and persecution have driven more people from their homes than at that at any time since WWII. The UN Refugee Agency report, Global Trends, documents ...