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World Humanitarian Day

What an Ebola Fighter Looks Like

Timothy La Rose | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Timothy La Rose

From the beginning, it was clear that a medical response alone was not going to stop Ebola. And while doctors were rightly lauded for their incredibly heroic work, community mobilizers like Mariam were in the background laboring in the hot zones, changing minds almost one Guinean at a time, all the while exposing themselves to potential infection and violence.

Bringing Resiliency and Normalcy to Ebola-Free Liberia

Jolene Mullins | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Jolene Mullins

A recent "flare up" of Ebola showed the response system is better -- but not perfect. Vigilance is still needed. And in the long-term, building a resilient health system is crucial. Resilience is a word that is often used post-Ebola.

Advancing Humanity's Cause

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Every day we are inundated with harrowing stories of desperation from refugees around the world. We must act with solidarity to reverse this trend. All nations have a moral obligation to assist people fleeing persecution, conflict, and hardship.

Meet an Aid Worker Behind the Ebola Response in Liberia

Joel R. Charny | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Joel R. Charny

Above all, we must recognize the people who took the largest risks -- those who applied medical science, demonstrated safe health practices, and engaged in community outreach all while losing close relatives and friends to the disease.

World Humanitarian Day Honors Ebola, Syria And Nepal Health Workers

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact

It’s never been a more dangerous time to be an aid worker. Yet, when it comes to tending to the immediate needs of victims of natural disasters, di...

Challenging the Injustice and Inequality Driving Crises: Marking World Humanitarian Day

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Our world is becoming a more dangerous place. Crises are intensifying. And the people who are most poor and vulnerable are always left suffering the consequences. That is what we must remember as we mark World Humanitarian Day this year.

On World Humanitarian Day, Thank the Local Aid Workers

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Today, World Humanitarian Day, commemorates the twenty-two aid workers killed in a bombing at the UN headquarters in Baghdad in 2003 and is dedicated to those who risk their lives every day to provide humanitarian aid to people around the world.

From Mechanical Engineer to Humanitarian: Dodging Bombs, Armed Groups Inside Syria to Bring Water to His People

World Vision | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
World Vision

Eyad, in his mid-thirties and originally from Aleppo province, used to work as a mechanical engineer at a car manufacturing plant in Damascus. He is now working for World Vision, alongside many other engineers, to provide basic water and sanitation needs for those displaced by the conflict.

Determination in the Face of Crisis: Keeping Mothers and Babies Safe from Ebola

Bill Boyes | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Bill Boyes

Throughout July and August of 2014, Ebola tore through Lunsar. Within only a few weeks, eight members of the staff at Massebeneh died, including the hospital's chief surgeon, Dr. Manuel García Viejo. The hospital was closed on September 24. Margaret still grieves for those friends she lost, but she also speaks empathetically about the women in the community who had nowhere to go. With no medical intervention she knows hundreds must have died, not of Ebola, but of other complications common in rural village communities.

#ShareHumanity UN Campaign Asks People To Donate Social Media Feeds

ASSOCIATED PRESS | Lavanya Hinduja | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Tennis star Maria Sharapova, British mogul Richard Branson and Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai have signed up. So have ac...

Assaults On Aid Workers Have Spiked 66 Percent Since 2012: Survey

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact

A survey released on the eve of World Humanitarian Day shows a dramatic increase in the number of attacks on civilian aid workers around the globe. ...

World Humanitarian Day: Recognizing Those Who Push Through Daily Obstacles to Deliver Aid

Sandra Black | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Sandra Black

World Humanitarian Day on August 19 is an opportunity to realize that our humanitarian activities, which start to feel routine, have enormous significance for those receiving assistance.

Humanitarians Shouldn't Have to Risk Their Own Lives in Order to Save Others

Valerie Amos | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Valerie Amos

This year on World Humanitarian Day, we are calling on all governments to live up to their commitments to protect humanitarian staff and hold accountable those who attack them.

Providing Humanitarian Assistance During Unprecedented Times

Jeremy Konyndyk | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Konyndyk

Today is World Humanitarian Day, a day to commemorate the fallen relief workers who died in the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, as well as the thousands of others who have given their lives to help those in need.

WATCH LIVE: HuffPost Live Hosts World Humanitarian Day Panel At UN

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.18.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

HuffPost Live host Alyona Minkovski will host a World Humanitarian Day panel discussion at the U.N., which is expected to kick off at 1:30 p.m. Secret...

World Humanitarian Day -- Education Cannot Wait for Better Times

Julia Gillard | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
Julia Gillard

School should be where children can feel secure and experience something approaching normal life, even as turbulence churns outside. And, perhaps even more importantly, it is where they can imagine and prepare for a future beyond their current situations.

Wiggle Room: Making a Case for NGO Partnerships

Barry Segal | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

My experience tells me that when responsible NGOs work together, often across sectors, we gain efficiencies of scale in the delivery of highly-specialized services. In the end, larger swaths of the population are touched by not just one, but an array of these life-improving inputs and we begin to see our combined efforts improve lives in meaningful and lasting ways.

Honoring the Many Faces of Humanitarian Work

Kim Pozniak | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Kim Pozniak

"It's a pleasure to go and help these people who have problems. We feel good. We feel proud of doing this work. We are really happy and if people need something and you come and you provide it, they are really happy."

Syria Has Become a Humanitarian Catastrophe of Epic Proportions

Nigel Pont | Posted 08.14.2014 | Impact
Nigel Pont

A political solution is needed to bring an end to the fighting, but in the meantime, we can and must do more to help the region withstand the far-reaching effects of the conflict -- and we must do it better, faster and smarter.

Prioritizing Chaos: The Challenges Humanitarians Face When Responding to Crises

Joel R. Charny | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Joel R. Charny

As Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan demonstrate, the reforms do not address the core challenges of providing assistance and assuring the protection of vulnerable people in the midst of unrelenting conflict.

WATCH LIVE: DJ Megastar David Guetta Talks UN Collaboration

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.22.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

DJ megastar David Guetta joins HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin to discuss his collaboration with the United Nations in the release of "One Voice...

The World Needs More

Jay Benjamin | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Jay Benjamin

Imagine if you said "the world needs more #shelter," and it actually created shelter for somebody? Turning powerful words into impactful actions that can literally make a difference for people around the world.

Time for Humanitarian Climate Change

Feike Sijbesma | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Feike Sijbesma

Let us honor all these thousands of aid workers this week and show them that we appreciate their work and are ready to support it. But let us also not forget to take our responsibility on all other days of the year and jointly work towards an urgently needed 'humanitarian climate change' by supporting them and by developing structural solutions.

On World Humanitarian Day, Reflecting On What My Daughter's Life Might Have Been

Kim Keller | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Kim Keller

Seven years ago, I brought my daughter home from the orphanage, and my life was dramatically changed. But it wasn't until a recent trip to Yetebon, Ethiopia that I realized just how dramatically I had changed hers.

WATCH: Kid President Interviews And Smooches Beyonce For Great Cause!

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact

Not even Beyonce can resist the mini-Prez and his crazy shenanigans -- especially when he is advocating for a good cause. After appealing to her in...