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Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine: Scaling Up Our Support

May 12, 2022

At the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, we aim to relieve human suffering in war and disaster by conducting interdisciplinary, practice-based research and education that can be used by scholars, policymakers, NGOs, and others to foster interdisciplinary collaboration. Russia's aggression in Ukraine has severely undermined the concept of sovereignty and has led to escalating human rights violations. We join the international community in condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine and express unwavering support to the people of Ukraine. We urge our community to unite for peace and act with...

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Preparing the next generation of humanitarian leaders

Preparing the next generation of humanitarian leaders

May 3, 2022

On April 29 – 30, 2022, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative held its annual humanitarian response simulation. Working in teams representing different non-governmental organizations, graduate students from GHP 515/518 interacted with a variety of local and non-state actors portrayed by volunteers to create an aid delivery plan in response to a complex humanitarian crisis scenario. Through this simulation, students utilized their knowledge of the humanitarian field gained in classroom learning sessions and further developed the practical skills needed to engage...

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New Blog: DRRM policies, financial aid needed in small island communities—HHI study

February 11, 2022

The report emphasizes the case of Pugad Island applies to disaster-prone small island communities in the Asia-Pacific and equatorial regions

By HHI Resilient Communities Program

A new study by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) in partnership with the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of Santo Tomas reveals factors hindering community resilience in small island communities in the Philippines. These include limited resources and...

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Publication Release: Global Public Health Database Support to Pandemic Management

March 29, 2021

HHI is proud to share these two recent publications from Frederick M. Burkle, Jr., MD, MPH, DTM, FAAP, FACEP, former Senior Fellow and Scientist at HHI for over 17 years.

This two-part article examines the global public health (GPH) information system deficits emerging in the COVID-19 pandemic. It surveys past missed opportunities for public health (PH) information systems and operational improvements, examines current megatrend changes to information management, and describes a new multi-disciplinary model for population-based management (PBM) supported by...

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HHI Launches New Website

March 17, 2021

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is thrilled to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website. The site includes information about HHI's ongoing humanitarian research and educational programming. 

We invite you to explore the site and learn more about the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. 

Network map of surveyed humanitarian actors working on disaster preparedness and resilience in the Philippines. | HHI/Root Change

Localization of disaster aid slow in the Philippines

October 28, 2020

Massachusetts, USA — A study by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) has found a reliance on international actors within the disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) system in the Philippines. A continued reliance on international aid agencies means the Philippines is not realizing its full potential for utilizing local organizations to bolster the country’s DRR and CCA system, HHI researchers warned.

“Local community-based organizations (CBOs) and national non-...

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Policy Implications of Alternate Medical and Nursing Education in northwest Syria

Policy Implications of Alternate Medical and Nursing Education in northwest Syria

August 26, 2020

The Education in Crisis Project (part of the Risk and Resilience Program) conducted interviews with Syrian faculty, students and administrators to understand how medical and nursing education are maintained during an active conflict in which there is a lack of health care workers. The main themes will be explored in the forthcoming HHI report entitled, “Window of Hope”: Maintaining Education of Health Care Workers in Syria”, which is scheduled to be released in September 2020. The potential policy implications for humanitarians are discussed in ...

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