Topic: humanitarian aid

Humanitarian response to Ebola outbreak slow, fragmented

November 20, 2014 -- The humanitarian response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been fraught with challenges, according to Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard School…

Improving civilian-military humanitarian response when disasters strike

When a large-scale disaster like the current Ebola crisis in West Africa or a major storm like Hurricane Katrina hits, coordination often is lacking between the U.S. military and civilian-run nongovernmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations. To address this issue, the U.S. Naval…

An equal exchange

[ Fall 2014 ] HSPH pairs with refugee public health students to create a healthier Burma The thatched bamboo huts sprawling up the side of a mountain near Thailand’s border with Burma could at first be mistaken for a tranquil rural village. Surrounded…

Ebola epidemic could lead to broader humanitarian crisis

The rush to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa is not only about saving lives, it’s also about keeping the epidemic from growing into a broader humanitarian crisis, according to a Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) panel that included two Harvard…

Ebola epidemic in U.S. unlikely

While Ebola continues to spread in West Africa, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials call the risk of an outbreak in the United States very low. Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Professor Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian…

Ebola outbreak: African officials join Harvard experts to strategize

Harvard-affiliated experts in humanitarian disaster response recently met with officials from African countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak to discuss strategies for easing the crisis. Convened by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the August 14, 2014 session, held at the Radcliffe Institute’s…

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.

HSPH, Burmese students team up to improve health at refugee camp

May 20, 2014 — The Umpiem Mai refugee camp in western Thailand was erected three decades ago to provide temporary housing for Burmese refugees fleeing the repressive rule of their country’s military government. Today, more than 13,000 people still live in this…

Ferrante gift boosts "Outside-the-box" thinking

[ Spring 2014 ] Among the outside-the-box efforts that may benefit from a new $500,000 gift from Domenic and Molly Ferrante to the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI): Collecting, analyzing, and distributing large data sets to provide time-sensitive information on humanitarian issues—painting a picture, for…

Students simulate international aid negotiation

April 29, 2014 — A group of students recently got a crash course on a key skill for any future global health practitioner: negotiation. In a simulation exercise organized by the student-run Harvard Aid for Health, they took on the roles of…