Topic: humanitarian aid

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…

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…

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…

Teaching survival skills in disaster-prone areas

Harvard School of Public Health Professor Jennifer Leaning joined a team from Chinese University’s center for disaster and medical humanitarian response to deliver rescue and relief bags to Chinese families living in rural areas vulnerable to natural disasters. The inexpensive bags include…

Syrian refugees in Lebanon struggle with social isolation

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are experiencing the same struggles as many other groups of refugees, but their particular circumstances make social isolation a problem as well, writes Susan Bartels, a fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights in an…

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…

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…