Topic: disasters and conflict

Disaster Response

[FORUM VIDEO] Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 1 1/2 years after the Haiti earthquake, and six months after the Japanese tsunami, earthquake and nuclear crises, this Forum event examined ho

Big Weather and Coastal Cities

[FORUM VIDEO] In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, this Forum event explored how people and cities rebound from devastating natural disasters and how they prepare for new catastrophes.

The Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event examined the practicalities and decision-making driving the humanitarian response to the unfolding Syrian conflict.

Rebuilding shattered lives

[Fall 2010] When an earthquake struck in Chile, HSPH alum Karen Anderson and the community health group she founded were the first on the scene—and they’re still there. At 3:34 a.m. on February 27, 2010, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Chile, killing…

Waging peace, saving lives

[ Spring/Summer 2011 ] A renowned physician explains how defeating militarism could solve global health problems. During his career, Harvard School of Public Health’s Bernard Lown has traveled two roads. The First Road unraveled the secrets of sudden cardiac death and developed…

Bridging a cultural divide

[Winter 2010] Are better tools needed to identify emotional distress in non-Western refugees? More than 17,000 Iraqi refugees arrived in the United States in 2009, carrying the deep physical and emotional scars of war. Many are widows with young children. Some have…

Can doing good be done better?

[ Spring/Summer 2012 ] Better-trained aid workers, closer coordination among relief agencies, and a bigger dose of humility while working in unfamiliar cultures would help ensure that the billions of dollars spent each year on humanitarian assistance are not wasted. Harvard Public…

Teaching leadership to leaders

[ Fall 2011 ] The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative teaches seasoned professionals how to handle unprecedented disasters. At  the World Trade Center on 9/11, the New York Fire Department set up a command center at the bottom of World Trade Center One.…

Saving lives in the heat of battle

[ Fall 2011 ] Christian Benjamin, MD, MPH ’96 and Michael McCarten, DO, MPH ’99  are delivering evidence-based military medicine in Afghanistan Medics roll a badly wounded U.S. soldier into the military hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He has lost both legs to…