Ben Boltz (IIHA Intern, Summer 2013) is currently working with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso. For the next two years, he will work primarily in the education sector as a preschool teacher in order to support the surrounding community in meeting its educational needs. Additionally, Ben will help to raise awareness concerning malaria and HIV/AIDS prevention. We wish you the best of luck in your work, Ben!
Monthly Archives: October 2015
Andy McElroy (IDHA 16) recently posted an article “Local knowledge reduces fire risk” outlining the power and importance that local and indigenous knowledge has on the prevention of wildfires and fire risk management.
Maria Blacque-Belair, a friend of the IIHA and founder of the Refugee and Immigrant Fund (RiF) was recently featured on a BrianLehrer.tv special: Asylum and Immigration to discuss a recent UNHCR report detailing the increasing amount of refugees globally. RiF attempts to bring a humane approach to dealing with refugee populations in order to remedy the tragic loss of life and dignity that these people are facing.
The 2015 State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS) report looks back at humanitarian assistance over the last three years and asks: How well is it performing?
Every three years ALNAP releases the SOHS to assess the performance of international humanitarian assistance. It does this by defining key criteria for evaluating system performance and progress. Commissioned by ALNAP and authored by Humanitarian Outcomes, the report offers a comprehensive picture of the shape and size of the system and insights into the ‘bigger picture’ of trends and performance in the sector. It incorporates perspectives from those who receive aid, as well as practitioners from across the globe and at all levels of seniority.
Read the report to find out how humanitarian system has been performing in the wake of an unprecedented level of crisis.
Ayele Tiyou (IDHA 38) is currently working with the World Health Organization (WHO) polio program in Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan. As part of the global polio eradication campaign, Ayele works as a field epidemiologist consultant with the joint effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) & WHO.
Timo Lüege (IDHA 21) recently posted an article on his blog, Social Media for Good, “Social Media Monitoring in Humanitarian Crises: Lessons Learned from the Nepal Earthquake” discussing the UN’s suggestion to monitor social media posts in Nepal after the earthquake to understand how humanitarian aid was being received by the people who needed it.
Imogen Wall (MIHA Lecturer) recently wrote an article for IRIN, “World: The humanitarian caste system?” in which she explores how current humanitarian aid favors some crises over others. She uses the example of Syria, and what that has meant for their recovery and development.
Matthew Hollingworth (IDHA 1), United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) Syria Country Director, recently spoke to BBC’s Food Programme about how WFP is responding to the needs of the most vulnerable in Syria, with over 4 million priority cases.
“We are very grateful for the opportunity to perform further testing with UNICEF and the Ministry of Health in Burkina Faso. This is a unique opportunity for us to work with the leading global health organization for children as well as regional Ministry of Health leaders in locations where MEDSINC will have the greatest impact.” – Barry Finette (IDHA 33, IDHA Tutor) THINKmd Founder and CEO discussing MEDSINC’s recent testing in Burkina Faso. Learn more by reading THINKmd’s latest newsletter!