Monthly Archives: December 2014

IIHA Prepares for Spring 2015 Courses

In preparation for the IIHA’s upcoming courses in Geneva, Barcelona, and the UK, IIHA Program Officer Kasia Laskowski (IDHA 40, MIHA) visited various humanitarian organizations and agencies in Europe over the past few weeks. During the course of her tour, Kasia caught up with several IIHA Alumni and Faculty including Luvini Ranasinghe (IDHA 35, CPMER 3, HNTC 9), Pamela Lupton-Bowers (IDHA Facilitator)Rachel Morgan Agelou (IDHA 28, CivMil 1), Chris Staines (IDHA Lecturer, CPMER 2), Jean-François Goulay (IDHA Lecturer), Hannele Haggman (IDHA Lecturer), Tessa Kelly (IDHA Lecturer), Mariann Hafredal (IDHA 40), David Gal (IDHA 34, MIHA), Bela Szilagyi (IDHA 22, IDHA Lecturer, HNTC 4), and Daniela Traldi (IDHA 40). As the new year approaches, we hope to keep in touch with and see more of you throughout our travels! Find out where we will be.

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Alumni Update: Annie Sparrow (MHCE 4, MHCE Lecturer)

Syria Deeply, a news site dedicated to informing the public about the ongoing situation in Syria, has recently published an interview with Dr. Annie Sparrow (MHCE 4 and lecturer on subsequent MHCE courses). The interview, titled “Syria’s Descent into a Public Health Nightmare” chronicles the demise of Syria’s public health system. Formerly supporting one of the best-developed public health systems in the Arab world, Syria now faces dire shortages in clean water, vital medications, and doctors. Dr. Sparrow, currently a pediatrician at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, has extensive field experience in Syria and the surrounding region and provides an insightful, complete picture of the health crisis happening inside Syria.

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Alumni Update: Andy McElroy (IDHA 16)

Andy McElroy (IDHA 16) has been focusing on Georgia in his last few articles for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The first article, “Georgia joins resilient cities campaign” details how Telavi, one of the most ancient Georgian cities, has become Georgia’s first municipality to join UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign, which now has more than 2,400 members. The second, “Georgia gets ready for World Conference” looks at Georgia as a whole, lauding the Georgian government for pursuing a more ambitious approach to disaster risk management, now ‘a development priority’ for the government.

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