Topic: disasters and conflict

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 news: Harvard continues to help Haiti rebuilding efforts

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Director Michael VanRooyen is quoted in a Harvard Crimson article about Harvard’s ongoing efforts to help Haiti rebuild following the devastating earthquake earlier this year. VanRooyen is an associate professor in the HSPH Department of Global Health and Population…

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 —…