Monthly Archives: October 2014

Alumni Update: Barry Finette (IDHA 33, IDHA Tutor)

Barry Finette (IDHA 33, IDHA Tutor), THINKmd Founder and CEO, has now issued the sixth edition of the organization’s newsletter. This edition discusses the expansion of the THINKmd team and its partnerships with GameTheory, a Vermont based software development studio, and Pediatric Medicine of South Burlington, VT.

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Alumni Update: Aubrey Ryan (IDHA 40)

In a recent article for the New York Times, Aubrey Ryan (IDHA 40), global health fellow at both Mount Sinai-St.Luke’s and Mount Sinai-Roosevelt hospitals in New York City, discusses the Dallas hospital’s care for the first Ebola patient in the United States. In the article, Ryan emphasizes the importance of taking a travel history from emergency room patients as a way of preventing misdiagnosis as well as stopping the spread of disease.

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Alumni Update: Andy McElroy (IDHA 16)

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) recently published an article written by Andy McElroy (IDHA 16) entitled “Experience Saves Fisherman From Wrath of Haiyan” In the article, McElroy profiles a seventy-year-old Filipino man named Ely, who survived the terror of Typhoon Haiyan thanks to his knowledge and experience. The article is part of a series aimed at showcasing impressive older people around the world who are living proof that the wisdom and expertise of the elderly should never be underestimated. McElroy also published “IPU Hears Call to Support Women in DRR” which highlights how promoting and mobilizing women’s leadership and gender equality in building resilience is critical to the sustainability and progress of risk reduction priorities and sustainable development goals. The 130th IPU Assembly in March adopted a landmark resolution, “Towards risk-resilient development” recognizing the importance of disaster risk reduction to the work of parliamentarians worldwide.

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Alumni Update: Etienne Mutabazi (IDHA 38)

Etienne Mutabazi (IDHA 38) recently graduated as a doctor in International Criminal, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Law. In his thesis entitled “The United Nations Ad Hoc Tribunals’ Effectiveness in Prosecuting International Crimes” Etienne reflects on the creation of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, their objectives and achievements. He thoroughly investigates their performance and concludes that they were not and could not be effective tools to combat international crimes as contemplated by the Security Council and therefore failed to deliver on their mandate. His thesis makes a decisive contribution to the twin disciplines of humanitarian law and human rights law and to the production of knowledge in these fields.

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Alumni Update: Andy McElroy (IDHA 16)

In his recent article, “Mayor of Qom takes action“, Andy McElroy (IDHA 16) highlights the Iranian City of Qom as a dynamic example of local leadership following consultations on the post-2015 international framework for disaster risk reduction. Qom joined UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign last year and has since made significant progress in reducing disaster risk.

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