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As the Olympics once again claimed its summer presence in media outlets across the globe, Daniela Traldi (IDHA 40) authored two articles for the BBC about the prevailing spirit of the Olympics amidst a challenging time for its host country, Brazil, and the strong bond among women athletes as seen through the social media accounts of star athletes.
Moussa Camara (IDHA 40) recently accepted a position as a Child Protection Team Leader for the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) after receiving his Masters Degree in Peace Building and Conflict Resolution from Kampala International University. A Guinean by nationality, Moussa has over 15 years of humanitarian experience, 12 of which he spent working with children in different contexts (emergencies, conflict, and post-conflict). Prior to his post with MINUSCA, Moussa worked with the American Refugee Committee (ARC) in Guinea, Save the Children in Guinea, Liberia, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, War Child Canada in Haiti, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Liberia, UNICEF in Tunisia/ Libya and most recently with United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as Child Protection Team Leader for Upper Nile State, where he held the position for almost four years. In his new position, Moussa will be based in Bria, Eastern Sector in the Central African Republic.
Guayaquil, Ecuador (Wilson Gomez Vascones) – On Saturday April 16th at 6:58 PM, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador; many local efforts started immediately, and in the days to follow, many governments and international organizations began arriving with different types of assistance. The organization that I coordinate here in Guayaquil, Red de Voluntariado Juvenil (“Youth Volunteering Network”), started planning how to best assist with food, shelter management, and also medical assistance in the sectors.
Within the first few days of the Earthquake response, Rahul Singh, Executive Director of GlobalMedic and the International Rapid Response Team from Canada, contacted me to offer support and assistance right away. Rahul and I had met during the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) Training Course in June 2013, and have since collaborated on building local capacity here in Ecuador. Rahul and I agreed that his team would arrive by Monday night while I worked on securing the necessary permission to operate on ground zero.
The experience that Rahul brought with him – experience gained through his assistance and support of various agencies in disasters and humanitarian emergencies – was invaluable. We visited every coordination table to assist with different relief operations and in addition to experience and knowledge, GlobalMedic assisted Ecuador in its Earthquake relief efforts by providing: the R4 incorporated finders team who, in coordination of Durán Fire Department, worked the whole week on Search and Rescue tasks confirming there were no longer victims under the rubble; AR10 units that produce 2400 liters/hour of potable water, AR3 units which are several trekkers that purify water by 240 liters/hour, and1,000 buckets of fresh rain that produce 3 liters/hour and work best for families; and several thousands of aquatabs. GlobalMedic also provided a specialty group of drone pilots that flew over the affected areas mapping the areas and allowing for real time information and data to ensure the best resources for decision makers. This effort was done in coordination with the Secretariat of Disaster Risk Reduction (SGR) who requested the areas be mapped, and with the Ecuadorian Air Force that cleared the requested areas so the drones could fly without risks.
The Red de Voluntariado Juvenil continued the programs that were running while providing essential logistics and coordination support to GlobalMedic. Now we have around 300 volunteers in the affected areas obtaining information for the next part of the interventions which will be to build houses with partner organizations such as Techo and Hogar de Cristo. The partner organizations also invited Fronteras, a Jesuit spirituality community that looks to serve the people in need where needed the most, to share their knowledge on accompaniment in order to serve better.
It has being a great experience to work together with Rahul as IDHA alumni, and all the knowledge gained and shared during the IDHA back in 2013 has assisted us greatly in our work. We look forward to more opportunities to collaborate and we continue to build more great relationships with every course we take through the IIHA.
What happens when a global health crisis leaves the Western media spotlight?
Fordham University recently published the article, “Healing Ebola,” which features the insight and experience of Alexander van Tulleken, M.D. (IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, IDHA 16), Melissa Labonte, Ph.D. (Fordham University Political Science Associate Professor, IDHA Lecturer), Ellie Frazier (IIHA Adjunct Faculty), Laura Sida (IDHA 36, MIHA), and Elin Gursky (IDHA 40).
Healey International Relief Fund (HIRF) recently featured the ongoing Ebola response efforts of Ishmeal Alfred Charles (IDHA 40) and his team as they delivered donations in Sierra Leone. Charles’ spirit of optimism is captured well in his photo caption: “Sunshine on a cloudy day…”
We echo HIRF’s thanks to Charles for his hard work on the ground. Another great example of one of IIHA’s humanitarian heroes!