Archive for September, 2016

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 how 65.3 million people were displaced at the end of 2015, compared to 59.5 […]

MacArthur Foundation and Emergency Medical Teams

Friday, September 23rd, 2016 |

The world-wide health and disaster response community agree: management of the Haiti earthquake, Indian Ocean tsunami, and West Africa Ebola epidemic was poor. In answer, the World Health Organization has established new standards for international Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) to ensure a credible global health emergency workforce for future Public Health Emergencies of International Concern. So […]

Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital Hosts INMED

Friday, September 16th, 2016 |

  This week INMED graduated our first students from Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital, whose Global Disaster Response department hosted the International Medicine & Public Health Hybrid Course. Seventeen participated in ten weeks of structured online study, and then gathered today in Boston for three days hand-on patient care, disaster triage, and community health survey skills. […]

“What Is Aleppo?”

Friday, September 9th, 2016 |

  This week the presidential candidate of a well-known United States political party was asked their plan for Aleppo. In response, the candidate replied, “What is Aleppo?” Shocking, but not at all surprising. Today Americans are consumed with the season football kickoff, Halloween planning, and the back-to-school rush. None of these activities carry any maleficence. […]

Sustainability Vs. Urgent Utility

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 |

  “Our international partner organization has been heavily funding our health projects, even purchasing medications and fuel to power our water wells, but the entire health ministry is on hard times nevertheless.” My colleagues in southern Africa continue, “As the national economy goes, so goes life for us all. And at this moment, both are spiraling downward.”   What’s this? An […]