Monthly Archives: March 2016

Gisele Menye Ntsama-Langue (IDHA 39)

Last year, Gisele Menye Ntsama-Langue (IDHA 39) was working with Oxfam Mali in response to the Ebola Crisis. One year after Mali was declared Ebola free, Gisele co-authored a Joint Policy Paper,Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 4.08.16 PM

Lessons learned on preparedness, first phase emergency response, and coordination from the management of the Ebola crisis in Mali

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Alumni Update: Patricia Schiavinato (IDHA 39, MIHA) and Anissa Toscano (IDHA 11, IDHA Lecturer)

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Patricia Schiavinato (IDHA 39, MIHA), now working for International Organization for Migration IOM, and Anissa Toscano (IDHA 11, IDHA Lecturer), with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), recently met during a cash distribution in Nepal! Anissa was even sporting the famous IDHA cap!

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Humanitarian Newsletter: March 17, 2016

Read the latest newsletter featuring a letter from IIHA Executive Director Brendan Cahill (IDHA 9) announcing new partnerships with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Jesuit Refugee Service – JRS! This edition also remembers the life of CIHC Board Member Boutros Boutros-Ghali and includes a reflection on the IDHA 47 Graduation Ceremony, updates on Humanitarian Innovation from High Tech Humanitarians, and a chance to debate the future of refugee camps.

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High Tech Humanitarians Update!

IIHA and HTH were confirmed among the participants to the dynamic conference Exhibit Session in the HumTech 2016 that will take place in Cambridge (Boston) on 7-9 June. More news soon!

HTH met with Buckminster Fuller Institute, an institution dedicated to facilitating convergence across the disciplines of art, science, design and technology, to plan the upcoming partnership between the two organizations. BFI is also inviting friends of HTH and IIHA to apply to its 2016 Fuller Challenge, that will award $100,000 to a visionary solution or strategy that addresses one of humanity’s most pressing problems. View the 2016 Call for Proposals! Deadline is April 1st!

HTH was invited to intervene in the Drones in Humanitarian Action: Mapping Drones Consultation two-days workshop in Geneva, organized by the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD), ECHO, and CartONG. As result, HTH presented its initiative and contribution to the UAV Travel, Laws, & Regulations Open Wiki created by UAViators and FSD.

The Global Innovation Exchange is joining forces with HTH to expand each others resource section, to improve inter-communicability between the two platforms and planning to step up their cooperation once the HTH Labs will be operational.

View our Featured Humanitarian Open Tool! Wondering what an Open Tool is? Find out here!

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Featured Humanitarian Open Tool: 3D Printed Stethoscope

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A fully functional and research-validated stethoscope composed of a few 3D printed parts and some easy to source materials like a few centimeters of tubing, a cut out from a report cover for the membrane and a rubber band to fix it on the 3D printed head. The ear plus are cast of plumber’s sanitary silicone in a 3D printer mould. The pieces are printed on an open-source 3D printer. The complete stethoscope it is a welcome tool for doctors in a part of the world where even procuring stethoscopes is almost impossible. The final goal is for the bell and the rest of the stethoscope to cost between $4 to $5 to produce and distribute.
Wondering what an open-source tool is? Learn more here!

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Letter from IIHA Executive Director, Brendan Cahill


Dear friends,

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) movement is made up of 190 national societies throughout the world, with more than 100 million members. It has, for nearly twenty years, been a strong partner in our training, sharing its expertise and sending its members for our courses. On February 25, I joined IFRC Secretary General, H.E. Elhadj As Sy, in signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the IFRC and Fordham University. This agreement recognizes the work we have done together and formalizes our partnership in training, research and other areas of mutual interest.
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We are also pleased to announce a signed Memorandum of Understanding with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). Founded in 1975, JRS has, as its mission, “to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons”. We have worked with JRS for many years, training their country directors and regional directors, and, as an Institute within a Jesuit University, our goals are similar.
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In both cases, our partners not only want to offer assistance to those in need, but to also allow them to retain their dignity and to be a part of their own recovery process. With the IFRC, they enable the national societies to rebuild their own capacity. With JRS, they accompany those they serve, and bear personal witness to those trials and tribulations.
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Our Institute began with the idea that we had as much to learn as we did to teach, and our growth, through the IDHA, the MIHA, the undergraduate programs and our publications, is directly connected to the personal relationships we’ve fostered over the last twenty years. These two memoranda build on that.
Best,
Brendan Cahill  (IDHA 9)
IIHA Executive Director

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IIHA Event: “The Last Supper: The Plight of Christians in Arab Lands:” Book Reading & Conversation

In this next event in the IIHA Spring 2016 Event Series, Global Migration in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities, Journalist and author Klaus Wivel will discuss his new book, “The Last Supper: The Plight of Christians in Arab Lands.”
“Klaus Wivel is a Danish journalist who has been the New York correspondent for Weekendavisen, one of Denmark’s most prestigious newspapers. He has written on a wide range of topics, with a focus on Israel-Palestine and the Middle East. Alarmed by scant attention paid to the hardships endured by the 7.5 million Christians in the Middle East, journalist Klaus Wivel traveled to Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, and the Palestinian territories on a quest to learn more about their fate. With the increase of religious violence in the past few years, this book is a prescient and unsettling account of a severely beleaguered religious group living, so it seems, on borrowed time. Wivel asks, Why have we not done more to protect these people?”
 
  • Date & Time: Friday, April 29th at 12:30 PM
  • Location: Room 309 | Lowenstein Building | Fordham University | 113 W. 60th Street, New York, NY 10023
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IIHA Event (3/15): Frontline Doctors: Film Screening and Q&A with Dr. Alex van Tulleken

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Join us for the next event of the IIHA Spring 2016 Lecture Series, “Challenges & Opportunities: Global Migration in the 21st Century” as we screen the latest BBC One documentary featuring Dr. Alexander van Tulleken (IDHA 16), “Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis.”

“Chris and Xand van Tulleken – doctors, part-time aid workers and twin brothers – want to see for themselves what conditions are like for migrants fleeing through Europe at the height of winter. Over two weeks in early January, Chris and Xand travelled to Lesbos in Greece, through the Balkans and on to Berlin and Calais to understand what’s being done on a medical and humanitarian level in response to the current refugee crisis. Spending time with medics, charities and volunteers in camps and clinics, at border crossings and transit points, they wanted to find out what the situation is like on the ground and, wherever possible, lend a hand during the biggest migration crisis of our times.” (BBC)

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, March 15th at 6:00 PM
  • Location: Fordham University | Room 902 | Lowenstein Building | 113 W. 60th Street, New York, NY 10023
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Humanitarian Innovation Corner: What is Open-Source?

The term open-source refers to a decentralized model of production whose process and final result is freely available for the public to view, edit, and redistribute.

The open-source model is often presented in contrast with more centralized models of development such as those typically used in traditional industries and companies, where the creative process is usually confined to labs or R&D departments and the final product protected under copyright or any similar patent.

As recalled by Wikipedia, which constitute one of the best known examples of open source system, a main principle of open-source software development is peer production, with products such as source code, “blueprints”, and documentation available to the public at no cost. The open-source movement in software is arguably the most known, and began as a response to the limitations of proprietary code, and has since spread across different fields.
However, the same model is also used for the development of open-source appropriate technologies, and even open-source drug discovery.
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IDHA Family Reunion!

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Piwi Ophoff (IDHA 24, MIHA, IDHA Alumni Council) shares a photo from a recent reunion with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies USG for Partnerships, Dr. Jemilah Mahmood (IDHA Honoris Causa Recipient), and IFRC Senior Emergency Health Officer Dr. Durgavasini Devanath (IDHA 31, MIHA)

 

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