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'Everyone You See Here Fled'

Crystal Wells | Posted 06.28.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Erbil, Iraq--When Iraqi forces pushed to retake Islamic State-held villages west of the Tigris River town of Makhmour in Iraq's Kurdistan Region, the ...

Women's Economic Empowerment In Post-Earthquake Ecuador

UN Women | Posted 06.08.2016 | World
UN Women

On the east coast of Ecuador, between cotton trees, tropical flowers and the raging sea, lies Manabí--one of the provinces hardest-hit by the earthquake of 16 April 2016, where hundreds of families have been left homeless.

The time is now: How we can work together to address the Global Health Security Agenda

David Barash | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
David Barash

First Ebola, now Zika. In a world where the next pandemic or global emergency is right around the corner, a timely response is everything. To respond ...

From Where I Stand: Nahimana Fainesi

UN Women | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
UN Women

Cross-posted fromUN WomenPhoto: UN Women/Catianne Tijerina “This is my second time living in communal camps, second time running away from civil war...

From Where I Stand: Zaad Al-khair

UN Women | Posted 05.27.2016 | World
UN Women

Cross-posted from UN Women Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig “The day I fled to Jordan there was heavy shelling in my neighbourhood. There were bom...

Summer Study Abroad and Travel in the Age of ISIS

Gregory Malveaux | Posted 05.19.2016 | Travel
Gregory Malveaux

I share this reality not to deter you from summer travel or overseas study plans. Just the opposite. Don't fall victim to fear. I am pointing this out to encourage you to be a vigilant traveler, and to have a plan in place prior to stepping on that plane for overseas departure.

Preparing for the Big One

Powerful Answers | Posted 04.19.2016 | Technology
Powerful Answers

Insufficient shear walls on this soft-story structure caused catastrophic damage to this San Francisco residence after the 1989 Loma Prieta quake. Cre...

The Baghdad Boil: Fighting a Painful Flesh Parasite Affecting Iraq's Displaced

Crystal Wells | Posted 04.13.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Dohuk, Iraq--When Zahra's family heard Islamic State ISIL forces had captured the nearby northern Iraqi town of Sinjar in the summer of 2014, they fle...

Saving Lives Using the "Apple Seismometer": A Tale of Two Earthquakes

Powerful Answers | Posted 03.25.2016 | Technology
Powerful Answers

Seventeen years ago, I was a third-year engineering student at Istanbul Technical University pursuing an internship in Belgium. On August 17, 1999, a ...

Live Video Chat Could Soon Replace The 911 Call

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 03.16.2016 | Technology

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israelis can now use their smartphones to make live video distress calls to emergency responders, a first-of-its-kind service tha...

Healing Hands Bring Compassionate Care Home As Snow Falls and Waters Rise

Susan Northover | Posted 03.09.2016 | New York
Susan Northover

That's why a team of nurses from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York--some of whom were not even scheduled to work that day--traipsed on foot across the Bronx in fast-falling snow to knock on doors and deliver compassionate care to those who needed it but could not leave their homes.

The Orphans We Are Left With

Crystal Wells | Posted 02.29.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

When government health worker Brima Kamara arrived in Pate-Bana, a small town of some 2,000 souls in north-central Sierra Leone, it was eerily quiet, the sun-baked, red dirt streets empty.

Join a Global Arts Response to Terror

Lane Harwell | Posted 12.17.2015 | Arts
Lane Harwell

I write following recent terrorist attacks around the world, from Paris, Beirut, and Mali to San Bernardino, as the presence of terror looms too large and too real. This presence is a call to action for those of us working in the arts and culture.

Our Journey From Prototype to Product to Exciting New Opportunities In IoT

Powerful Answers | Posted 12.14.2015 | Technology
Powerful Answers

Two years of field testing taught us that putting your technology in the hands of field users is both an exciting opportunity to find new applications and a chance to find new ways for things to go wrong.

Verizon 'Powerful Answers' Event To Award $6 Million To Startups

The Huffington Post | Lance Gould | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact

Today, three innovative startups will each be named winners of a $1 million prize, recipients of Verizon’s 2015 Powerful Answers Award. The announce...

How 10 Years Have Changed Disaster Preparedness and Response

Gail McGovern | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Gail McGovern

Over the last ten years, the American Red Cross and other disaster response organizations have taken the lessons of Katrina and applied new thinking and new technology to better prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

Houses Disappear Into "Puffs of Dust"

Crystal Wells | Posted 05.15.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Crystal Wells in on the ground in Nepal as part of Concern Worldwide's emergency response team. She was in the isolated village of Bhirkot, preparing for an aid distribution, when the May 12 tremor struck.

Monsoons Will Leave Nepal Stuck

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.12.2016 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

In a month's time, this country, already so desperate even before the April 25 earthquake and now facing destruction from a second major temblor, will literally be stuck as its roads become slick clay mud.

Near Nepal's Earthquake Epicenter, Shifting Through Rubble to Find What Remains

Crystal Wells | Posted 05.09.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Most of the older people we spoke to in Bakrang do not want to leave, despite the challenging landscape. Having lost everything, they will not only need basic relief supplies to get by, but also help to recover.

On a Remote Hillside in Nepal, Shattered Homes and Fears for the Future

Crystal Wells | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Krishna Prasad Sapkota has spent most of his 72 years carrying heavy jugs of milk up and down the foothills of the Himalayas to carve out a living for his family.

Revisiting Sri Lanka a Decade Later: Helping Children After Disasters

William Spear | Posted 02.28.2015 | Impact
William Spear

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 35,000 people in Sri Lanka, injuring more than 21,000. Over 1,000 children were orphaned and more than 7,000 children lost one parent.

Five Ways to Strengthen the U.S. Response to Ebola

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

This is a manageable public health crisis that we know how to solve, but doing so requires our focus, our attention, our resolve and our resources, tools that only the United States has.

Somalia's Future Hinges On Its Youth

Crystal Wells | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Jamel Egal was born the year it all fell apart. 1991. Somali President Siad Barre was overthrown and anarchy overtook the east African nation of Somalia. Warlords filled the void of a central government as lawlessness reigned and war became the norm.

Life-Saving Skills Needed Earlier in Medical Education

David Greenky | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
David Greenky

Although EMT training may not make students instant stars in the emergency room, they are able to enrich their clinical experience by participating on the front lines of patient care.

5 Ways to Survive a Travel Disaster

Daniel Kronovet | Posted 04.17.2013 | Travel
Daniel Kronovet

First, take a minute and assess the situation. Concretely, what just happened? Try and separate your emotional reaction from the situation.