All articles related to "disasters and conflict":

Health departments facing climate-related health issues

State and local public health departments across the U.S. have begun to prepare and respond to health risks related to climate change, including hazards such as extreme weather events, wildfires, and tick- and mosquito-borne diseases. Efforts underway at…

Health effects of inequality

Mary Bassett became director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights and François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights on September 1. She previously served as commissioner of the New…

Uncovering Hurricane Maria’s true toll

September 28, 2018 – After Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, statistician and genomics expert Rafael Irizarry of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a native of Puerto Rico, was hearing dire reports…

Can we solve the migration crisis?

Every minute 24 people around the world are forced to leave their homes—and it’s estimated that more than 65 million people are currently displaced.

Preparing for a deadly hurricane

As Hurricane Florence was bearing down on the eastern coast of the U.S. in mid-September, Richard Serino of Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health spoke about the importance of having a “culture of preparedness.” In a September…

Preparing for hurricanes in Puerto Rico

In May 2018, a team from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health estimated that the death toll in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of last September’s powerful Hurricane Maria was between 800 and 8,500, with many of…

Disaster planning means saving lives

August 3, 2018 – There are a lot of scary threats in the world—extreme weather, terrorist attacks, deadly infectious diseases, mass shootings—but if health care organizations plan ahead for such disasters, lives can be saved. That was the…

Changing Places

Kashmere Gardens has seen better days. In this neighborhood of northeast Houston, modest ranch homes are framed by murky drainage ditches and rusting chain-link fences. About 15 percent of its residents are unemployed, and most of those who…