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Planes, Cameras and Kickstarter: A Look at 'Sunday People'

A.J. Walkley | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
A.J. Walkley

A month ago I was making my way back home to Arizona after a cross-country trip to Connecticut to attend my grandmother's funeral. It was not a happy ...

My Brother Abdul-Rahman Kassig: An Inspiration for All

Atif Choudhury | Posted 11.18.2014 | World
Atif Choudhury

James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines, and now Abdul-Rahman Kassig. Each of these men dedicated their lives to serving the long-suffering Syrian people, either by sharing with the world their stories and exposing the truth as journalists, or to alleviate their suffering as aid workers.

To Change the World, Be Radical

Gabriel Stauring | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Gabriel Stauring

Living right by the beach in Southern California, I hear the word "radical" quite often. Sometime, since it's such a long word, it gets cut down to the even cooler three letters, "rad."

Aid Workers Risk Their Lives To Help Because 'That's Who We Are'

The New York Times | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact

As Dr. Rick Sacra prepared to fly to Liberia to treat patients in the Ebola zone, he prepared for the worst. He sat down with his wife, Debbie, at ...

A Year After Typhoon Haiyan, 3,000 People Are Still Homeless

Associated Press | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Four months after she lost her husband and home to Typhoon Haiyan's fury, Agnes Bacsal gave birth to their sixth child ...

Working For Humanity

Kieran McConville | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Kieran McConville

For those on the front line it's a difficult, and potentially deadly, task. The body of an Ebola victim can be highly contagious in the hours after death.

Travel Restrictions Are Obstacles to Fighting Ebola

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

At the same time humanitarian organizations are being encouraged to rapidly scale-up efforts to contain the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, increased political rhetoric on travel restrictions threatens to create new barriers to the NGO community's response to this crisis.

No Easy Solution for Myanmar's Rakhine Crisis

Kyle Knight | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Chris Lewa, the director of The Arakan Project, a research and advocacy group that monitors Rakhine State, told IRIN the number of Rohingyas that have fled western Myanmar since 2012 has now topped 100,000.

Red Cross Slams Report Claiming Group Failed Sandy Victims As 'Inaccurate'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact

The American Red Cross is fighting back against allegations claiming it failed to provide adequate assistance and mishandled funds in the wake of Supe...

Is Anybody Out There?

Emre Celik | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Emre Celik

It's unfortunate when an organization tasked with providing help to the needy must ask for help itself. It's even more unfortunate when the help it seeks is rooted in deliberate and systematic suppression.

Food Prices Skyrocketing In Ebola-Hit Countries, Families Down To 1 Meal A Day

Reuters | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact

* Hundreds of farmers have died in Ebola outbreak * Planting and harvesting disrupted - WFP * U.S. troops to start train...

This Is Why Americans Are Donating Less To Fight Ebola Than Other Recent Disasters

Associated Press | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) — Individual Americans, rich or not, donated generously in response to many recent international disasters, including the 2010 earthqu...

Ebola Epidemic Could Lead To 'Hunger Crisis Of Epic Proportions' For West Africa

Associated Press | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Financial aid and global coordination are needed to prevent the Ebola health care crisis from becoming a food emergency, agr...

Up To 40% Of Sierra Leone Farms In Ebola Outbreak Areas Deserted, Causing Food Crisis: UN

Associated Press | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of a United Nations agency says up to 40 percent of farms have been abandoned in areas of Sierra Leone affected the w...

Celebrities Snap Selfies In Bed For Latest Campaign To Help Syrian Children

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact

Some celebrities want their privacy. Others take pictures of themselves shirtless in the sheets of their bed and want you to see it -- for a good caus...

Nigeria Has Successfully Contained Ebola, US Hopes To Learn From Their Response

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact

Africa's most populous country has reason to celebrate. According to Nigeria's health ministry, the West African country has officially claimed con...

World Mental Health Day: Let's Do It for the Children

Curt Goering | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.

Corruption and Culture Increase Diabetes Deaths in India

Riva Greenberg | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

When I returned from Bangalore earlier this year, having worked with health professionals at a diabetes clinic for the poor, I expected to write about...

Sierra Leone Finally Moves To Use Ebola Aid Sitting Untouched In Port For Nearly 2 Months

Associated Press | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A shipping container filled with medical gear and mattresses to help in the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has been he...

Why $140,000 Worth Of Ebola Aid Is Just Sitting Untouched In Sierra Leone

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact

A shipment worth $140,000 in medical equipment to fight Ebola arrived in Sierra Leone on Aug. 9. But not a single life-saving resource from the supply...

Children of Ebola Are Now the 'Untouchables'

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

One of Sunday morning's headlines in the NY Times was "Ebola's Cultural Casualty: Hugs in Hands-on Liberia." As a parent and a child advocate I cannot imagine the position so many parents have been put in due to this deadly outbreak.

No One Should Live Outside the Web of Connectivity

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 10.03.2014 | Impact
Rev. Larry Hollon

Various agencies designed to deal with such emergencies were already being stretched before Ebola struck. Equally frustrating is the fact that this crisis graphically demonstrates how the lack of reliable communication today is a matter of life and death, but communication infrastructure lags behind human need.

When Bad News Gets Really Really.......Good

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business
Olayiwola A. Alara

No matter how bad any situation is that affects us personally or professionally, it is always the catalyst that fertilizes a fresh opportunity.

Bill Gates Praises US Leadership In Ebola Fight

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact

Not everyone is happy with America's response to the Ebola outbreak, but Bill Gates isn't one of those people. While The New York Times called Amer...

Dispatch From Liberia: No Condition Is Permanent

Adam C. Levine | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Adam C. Levine

I sigh with relief. We've lost many patients since opening the ETU almost two weeks ago, but tonight -- my very last night here -- it doesn't look like anyone's going to die.