Topic: disasters and conflict

Life after death: Helping former child soldiers become whole again

[ Fall 2011 ] Today, among the 87 war-torn countries in which data have been gathered, 300,000–500,000 children are involved with fighting forces as child soldiers. Some, as young as seven, commit unspeakable atrocities: killing parents and siblings, assaulting neighbors, torching the…

Off the cuff: The best possible response

[ Winter 2014 ] Paul Biddinger, director, Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program, Harvard School of Public Health The world seems increasingly under the siege of public health emergencies: deadly new infections, catastrophic weather events, terrorism, industrial accidents. Do successful public health responses in…

Why civilian war deaths matter

November 1, 2011 -- Experts estimate that hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians have died since 2003 as a consequence of the United States war in Iraq. But John Tirman thinks Americans haven’t paid enough attention. Still, he says, gathering accurate data…

Marcus leads disaster-readiness summit

A group of 100 Milwaukee business and governmental leaders recently role-played a terrorist attack scenario at The Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness, run in partnership with HSPH and Harvard Kennedy School's National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. Co-Director Leonard Marcus is quoted in a Milwaukee…

Technology boosts humanitarian efforts

August 24, 2011 -- Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Helps Aid Organizations Respond to War, Disasters Coping with humanitarian emergencies brought on by war, famine, or a natural disaster is rife with challenges. Aid workers can face armed militias, an earthquake-stricken landscape of blocked roads…