Monthly Archives: March 2015

Alumni Update: Timo Lüege (IDHA 21)

Timo Lüege (IDHA 21) of Social Media 4 Good recently authored an article examining where Germanwings went wrong in their crisis communication after the crash of flight 4U9525 and how we can learn from these mistakes. Read it here

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Alumni Update: Timo Lüege (IDHA 21)

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Timo Lüege (IDHA 21), of Social Media 4 Good, recently spoke on a panel discussing the benefits and risks of social media for humanitarian organizations. This panel was part of the Humanitarian Congress of Vienna. Speakers also included Mahmoud Shabeeb (Regional Communications Officer for the Syria Crisis, Care), Ingrid Brondig (Journalist, Profil), and Thomas Seifert ( Journalist, Wiener Zeitung), moderated by Lisa Stadler ( Journalist, Social Media Standard). Watch the panel here

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Alumni Update: Andy McElroy (IDHA 16)

Andy McElroy (IDHA 16) recently authored an article for UNISDR on the role of youth participants in the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Read the article here

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

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Barry Finette (IDHA 33, IDHA Tutor), THINKmd Founder and CEO, has launched the first edition of the organization’s newsletter, which discusses THINKmd’s recent developments and progress. Read the inaugural newsletter here

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Alumni Update: Joe Lowry (IDHA 12)

Joe Lowry (IDHA 12) has recently authored two blog posts about the impact of Cyclone Pam on Vanuatu. The first, “All the Leaves Are Gone…” focuses on the preparedness for, physical impact of, and current recovery efforts from the storm. The second, “Pamela: Child of the Cyclone” tells the story of one newborn evacuee and discusses what IOM is doing to help, including implementing their Displacement Tracking Matrix.

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Alumni Spotlight: First Joan Durcan Scholar Graduates IDHA

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The first Joan Durcan Scholar,Vincent Kenny, Ph.D., graduated from the 44th International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) held in Geneva, Switzerland this past February.

Enriched by a long career in development work and nonprofit organization management, Vincent has participated, managed, and taught on hundreds of graduate and postgraduate  courses at the Certificate, Diploma, Masters and Doctorate levels. Yet, the IDHA proved to be different experience for Vincent, allowing him to share his extensive knowledge while also learning from and alongside his classmates. The Joan Durcan Scholarship facilitated this endeavor, and allowed Vincent to take advantage of the “extraordinary range of talents and experience available to the participants throughout the intensive program,” as he explains in a beautifully written article about his time as a participant.

Reflecting on his memories of IDHA 44, Vincent writes:
“The whole experience was empowering and inspirational. I thought I had seen every type of program, however the unique learning framework of the IDHA is truly remarkable and worthwhile. It is a great legacy to humankind.”

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Alumni Update: Aishah Jamaludin, M.D. (IDHA 36)

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Aishah Jamaludin, M.D. (IDHA 36) has recently been appointed as a Trainer for Health and Safety Courses for the Falck Safety Services (MSTS ASIA) in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia. She currently focuses on teaching Basic and Advanced First Aid courses to delegates preparing to work on offshore platform rigs.

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

Annie Sparrow (MHCE 4) recently authored the article, “What the Anti-vax Movement Doesn’t Tell You About Measles,” which describes the importance of vaccinations in light of the recent measles outbreak in the United States. She also explains the background and fallacies of the “anti-vax” movement.

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Alumni Update: Andy McElroy (IDHA 16)

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Andy McElroy (IDHA 16) has been keeping quite busy as he shares the ongoing news and updates emerging from the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction taking place in Sendai, Japan! He recently authored several articles for UNISDR including: IPU President calls for a success in Sendai, Japan backs women’s leadership in DRR, Japan provides early warning example, Health ‘a must for HFA2’ , Thai floods a turning point for private sector, DRR Champions ready for a new challenge, and Inclusion builds resilience

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Letters For Prem

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Last Sunday, the Government of India and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) announced that Alexis Premkumar “Prem” Antonysamy, S.J. (IDHA 32, MIHA) had finally been released after eight months in captivity. Prem, at the time JRS Afghanistan Director, was abducted in June 2014 by the Taliban during a visit to a JRS-supported school for refugees near Herat.

Despite knowing the security concerns surrounding in his post in Afghanistan before he was taken, Prem remained a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable and faithfully accompanied those he worked for and alongside in service. The IIHA has recently launched a letter writing campaign in order to  accompany Prem as he recovers in mind, body, and spirit. We welcome your letters, pictures, messages, or even a brief word of encouragement for Prem.

Please send all notes of support to iihaoutreach@fordham.edu by Friday, March 13.

We thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers for one of our own!

View more articles about Prem’s release and watch IDHA 44’s message for Prem!

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