Topic: disasters and conflict

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…

Research team corroborates Darfur abuse allegations

After reviewing and analyzing medical records, researchers say they’ve corroborated allegations by Darfur civilians who say they were tortured, sexually assaulted, or otherwise abused by Sudanese government or Janjaweed forces in the Darfur region of Sudan. The research was published April 3,…

Risk to U.S. from Japan radiation low, expert says

March 29, 2011 -- A radiation expert at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), says that radiation leakage from the continuing nuclear disaster in Japan poses little risk to the U.S. Edward Maher, adjunct lecturer on environmental science, told AOL's DailyFinance.com on March 23, 2011, "These risks…

Global health news: In Pakistan, controlling water is key

Pakistan is a nation built around a single river, the 1,800-mile Indus. Earlier this summer, rains sent floodwaters raging down the river, killing more than 1,600 and destroying more than a million homes, along with bridges, roads, power lines, and health clinics.…

Crises responders seek to bridge gaps in emergency response

March 29, 2011 -- When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers, injuring dozens and spewing thousands of barrels of oil for days into the Gulf of Mexico, the disaster was more than a classroom discussion for some…

Global health: Flood illuminates the struggles of Pakistan's women

September 22, 2010 -- The scene that confronted Nabeel Zafar, MPH ’10, in southern Pakistan’s flood-ravaged Khairpur district was devastating. While visiting displaced persons camps on a medical aid mission, he and his fellow physicians found hundreds of homeless flood victims —…