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Directors Update January 2017

Dear friends and colleagues, 

The President's recent executive order banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States has created immediate and devastating consequences for many in the medical and public...

When we came back home, the rebels were still here

When we came back home, the rebels were still here and disturbing people, although they were not many as before. We continued to dodge them. But you know for us here we have our bows and arrows...that we use for hunting and protecting ourselves. So the men here also saw that since the...

Michael VanRooyen

Michael VanRooyen, MD, MPH is the Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) at Harvard University.  He is also the Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 

Dr. VanRooyen has worked as an emergency physician with numerous relief organizations in over...

I would like to add that the government did send security to us

I would like to add that the government did send security to us. The Government sent soldiers to protect the people in the IDP camps and this was one of the most important things. Apart from security the government also gave people food that otherwise helped to rescue people from...

home: Philippines Report
Gregory R. Ciottone
Picking Up the Pieces: Women's Health Needs Assessment, Fond Parisien, Haiti

Circle of Health International (COHI) conducted this Women's Health Needs Assessment to identify the specific and immediate needs of women, and to provide evidence-based recommendations for short and long-term women's health programming in the Fond Parisien area. These recommendations are...

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  • NCD: in Humanitarian Crises
    Brian Sorensen
    Workshops: HRIC
    Monitoring and Evaluation: KoBo Toolbox
    The ICRC delivered water and food to Nahr al-Bared on Saturday, but access to thousands in need remains limited.
    Lavine Humanitarian Studies Initiative

    Building upon ten years of experience in experiential learning-based education, the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative (HSI) is an Academy continuing education program that offers workshops and trainings for humanitarian professionals. Trainings are designed to prepare students for...

    infectious: Research
    Sean Kivlehan

    Sean Kivlehan, MD, MPH is the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He works as an attending physician in the Emergency Department at the Brigham and is an Instructor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He has worked...

    Education Crisis: Quote
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    The Role of International Law in Humanitarian Assistance Link
    LRA on the move (1994)

    In 1994, the Sudanese government began supporting the LRA in exchange for fighting a proxy war with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M), a group fighting for southern independence. The LRA was able to retain bases in southern Sudan for more than 10 years, launching...

    Sheri Fink
    International Assistance and Interventions Link
    Human Rights, Health Neutrality, and Medical Education in War-Torn Syria

    Recent high-profile attacks on humanitarian professionals and operations in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq call attention to the growing vulnerabilities of humanitarian staff and medical operations in conflict zones. As of June 2016, 757 healthcare personnel have been killed and 382 attacks have...

    Hilarie Cranmer

    Dr. Hilarie Cranmer, MD, MPH, the first Director of Disaster Response at the Center of Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard University, is clinical faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and an Assistant Professor at both Harvard...

    Christian Arbelaez
    Tilly Alcayna

    Tilly Alcayna is a Research Consultant for the DisasterNet project which focuses on supporting local and national capacity for disaster preparedness and response in the Philippines, as part of the Resilient Communities Program. Previously, Tilly has worked in the Philippines for a DFID/VSO...

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