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Humanitarian Aid

When Did We forget? How the Refugee Crisis is Revealing Our True Capacity as Humans

Anita Wing Lee | Posted 02.05.2016 | World
Anita Wing Lee

I'm here in this place that should be Heaven on Earth: on the island of Lesvos, Greece. You can see turkey in the distance. Gorgeous hills. Quaint vil...

Learn From the Past to Manage Syria Refugee Crisis In a Smart Way

Grete Faremo | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Grete Faremo

Over the years we have learned that many of the assumptions behind such refugee "care" were wrong. The main one: Few modern conflicts of a scale that drive large populations to flee have quick and happy endings. They often stretch on for decades.

How about a dose of optimism?

Erik Solheim | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Erik Solheim

2015 was the best year throughout the history for most people. There was no lack of negative comments by the end of 2015. Both media and politician...

Humanitarian Crises: The Business Response

Badr Jafar | Posted 01.31.2016 | World
Badr Jafar

Communities in crisis lead to vulnerable societies. And vulnerable societies are prone to all kinds of social and economic degradation, including the rise of hopelessness, extremism and instability.

How Digital Humanitarians Are Closing the Gaps In Worldwide Disaster Response

Heather Leson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Impact
Heather Leson

Humanitarian organizations and the citizens they serve are overwhelmed by the speed of change and the onslaught of information. In response, digital humanitarians (individuals who participate in humanitarian relief online) have organized into skilled teams online to decipher the signals from the noise and thus provide accurate data.

Planning for a Post-Conflict Colombia: Emerging Public Health Leaders Develop Health Interventions for IDPs

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

Fifty-five years ago this week, braving the cold winds of a winter's January, U.S. President John F. Kennedy delivered his inaugural address imparting upon the American people words still true today.

LIVING LEVEL-3: Iraq, Chapter 4

Joshua Dysart | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
Joshua Dysart

The World Food Programme and writer Joshua Dysart have teamed up to create a graphic novel highlighting the work of the organization's humanitarian ai...

Támesis, Colombia: A Beacon for Public Health

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

'House of Health (HH)' San Juan de Dios is nestled in the middle of the charming town of Támesis. From a public health perspective, the HH San Juan de Dios is on the cutting edge of progressive innovation.

5 Priorities for Civil Society in 2016

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

As the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos kicks off, all sorts of people will be making all sorts of predictions about the future. So I thought I would have a go as well. Here are five big things that civil society needs to pay attention to in 2016.

Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti

Mark Schuller | Posted 01.18.2016 | Impact
Mark Schuller

Six years ago the world wept with Haiti, and along with our tears came one of the most generous humanitarian responses in history.

Letter from Granizal, Colombia, To The World...And Back

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

During the early 1990's, Medellin had the world's highest homicide rate of 400 for every 100,000 people. The history of violence and the influx of people into this urban area demanded a change in the way people understood and lived in their city.

Motivated Millennials

Chris Schortgen | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Chris Schortgen

The world's water crisis is a large problem to wrap your head around. Every year nearly 3.4 million people will die from preventable waterborne illnesses. Every 21 seconds, a child will die from a preventable waterborne illness.

How A Truck Stuck In The Mud Nearly Derailed A Plan To Save 60,000 Syrians

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.15.2016 | World

ISTANBUL -- Following international outcry over the Syrian regime’s tactical starvation of civilians in Madaya, there seemed to be a glimmer of...

Desplazados: The Invisible Citizens

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

As we boarded the plane from Boston to Medellin, Colombia, and our tickets were being scanned one by one, we realized the importance of being counted.

Documenting the Border: A Photo Essay

Marisel Moreno | Posted 01.13.2016 | Latino Voices
Marisel Moreno

The border is a place characterized by intense contradictions. That's my conclusion after spending almost a week in southern Arizona as part of a faculty immersion seminar to learn about border issues.

Medellin: The Right Place and Time for Collaborative Learning in Public Health

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.07.2016 | Impact
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

Today marks Day 2 of the Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health course -- a project of the Open Hands Initiative and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), in collaboration with the University of Antioquia School of Medicine.

Health Diplomacy: A Step Towards Peace

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.19.2016 | Impact
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

Dare we say that despite our hopeful holiday wishes for peace, the present looks grim? How can we begin to heal? Where does peace begin?

Building Bridges: Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination

Louis Belanger | Posted 01.05.2016 | Impact
Louis Belanger

By definition, humanitarians are not the biggest supporters of the military. The aid community also tend to fiercely defend its independence and impartiality, especially in conflict areas. Still, the reality is that in many humanitarian emergencies, the military is indeed very useful.

A Milestone for Syrian Refugees

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 12.31.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

One million -- and counting -- is the number of refugees and economic migrants who have made the trek to Europe, according to figures compiled by the International Organization for Migration.

How to Save Lives When You Travel

Amanda Walkins | Posted 12.29.2015 | Travel
Amanda Walkins

Traveling ignites something in the soul - there's no denying that. Every new experience, every new place explored, and every cultural barrier knocked down brings about a change in our perspectives and in the very way we live our lives.

"As Long as You Have Life, You Have Hope:" A Village in Liberia Tries to Find Hope and Healing after Ebola

Crystal Wells | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Crystal Wells

When everyone died in the house next door, Lorpu Titus, 44, thought she was next. "I was so depressed," Lorpu says. "I would just sit at home feeling ...

Reflecting on 2015: What Images Inspire You?

Lindsay Coates | Posted 12.18.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

Images can accomplish in a glance what we try to persuade others of every day. We, who fight to end global poverty and promote human dignity, can quickly get into the minutia of microfinancing in Iraq or improving food security in Togo - and that is important.

In Guinea, Disbelief Around Ebola as Stubborn as the Virus Itself

Crystal Wells | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Crystal Wells

Guinea was the source of the largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. As the virus cut its deadly path through families, communities and a worried nation, it was aided by unwilling accomplices--rumors, suspicion and misinformation.

How to Help Syrian Refugees this Holiday Season

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Kate Lincoln is a child protection lawyer in the UK who came to Leros this summer on vacation. But upon learning about the refugee crisis there, she felt called to stay and serve. She has been working with the refugees ever since.

The Humanitarian Forecast for 2016: Dynamic, Complex and Increasingly Dangerous

Lutheran World Relief | Posted 12.11.2015 | Impact
Lutheran World Relief

If we have learned anything from living in our increasingly globalized world, it is that no community or no nation stands in isolation. For better or worse, we are all connected.