The fight against Ebola in West Africa has continued, with some promising and some not so promising results. Liberia, one of the countries worst affected by the disease, has set a national goal of no new cases
by December 25th
, signaling that authorities believe that they are getting ahead of the virus. Mali and Sierra Leone, however, tell a different story. Mali has confirmed their eighth case of Ebola
, despite ardent efforts to trace the contacts of infected persons. 271 people in Mali are still being monitored.
The United Nations’ goal of containing the virus by December 1st
isnot likely to be met
due in part to the escalating numbers of cases in Sierra Leone. While that target will be achieved in some areas, the reality for Sierra Leone is much different. A number of burial workers in Sierra Leone have gone on strike
in protest of non-payment, leaving 15 bodies abandoned at the city’s main hospital.
In America Dr. Martin Salia
, who had been working as a surgeon in Sierra Leone, has passed away in an Omaha hospital. Health officials say that Dr. Salia had been in treatment for two days, but had been sick for almost two weeks. Italy is treating their first Ebola patient
, a Sicilian doctor, who arrived in Rome after contracting the disease in Sierra Leone.
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Timo Lüege (IDHA 21) is now a self-employed communications expert, focusing on helping humanitarian organizations and NGOs solve their information management and communications challenges. He is founder of the site “Social Media For Good“where he provides insight for humanitarian organizations on issues of social media and communications that they may face. Timo has recently written a piece titled “Towards Standardizing Hashtags in Disasters” where he analyzes OCHA’s new Hashtag Standards for Emergencies, enforcing OCHA’s idea that the use of hashtags in emergency situations can be a vital means of spreading information.
Earlier this month the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
celebrated the 60th anniversary of their presence in Germany. With the celebration of this momentous anniversary came a recommitment – by IOM and by the German government – to cooperate on matters of emergency humanitarian aid, resettlement, and the voluntary return and reintegration of migrants back to their home countries.
Argentina Szabados (IDHA 2, IDHA Alumni Council Chairperson Emeritus, and Alumni Representative on the CIHC Board of Directors) is the Chief of Mission for IOM Berlin and Special Representative to the Director General of IOM. Since Argentina arrived in Germany just three years ago, Germany’s funding to IOM has increased to almost USD 80 million.
On November 3rd, Argentina co-hosted a 60th anniversary event with the German government to commemorate their partnership. Through meticulous planning and preparation, they were able to bring together nearly 200 guests, including most of the Diplomatic Corps. Congratulations, Tina, on all of your hard work!
Pau Vidal, S.J. (IDHA 43) was recently featured in an article published by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). In the article, Pau reflects on the World Food Programme (WFP) evacuation of over 200 humanitarian workers from camps in Upper Nile State, South Sudan and discusses how JRS and other agencies are resuming their activities in Maban. He highlights the importance of teachers in the camp setting and speaks briefly about JRS’s teacher-training program.
Congratulations to Diego Guerrero Oris (IDHA 9 and IDHA Tutor) and his partner Raquel, who recently welcomed baby Ariel Guerrero Oris to the world!