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Health Systems in Humanitarian Emergencies – Monday October 22 at the Canadian Conference on Global Health

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My colleagues from the Canadian Red Cross and the Pan-American Health Organization and I will be presenting a workshop today at 13:30 at the Canadian Conference on Global Health in Ottawa. The title of our workshop is Health Systems in Humanitarian Crises: Transitioning from Emergency Response to Health Systems Strengthening, and we’re going to be […]

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Mapping Health Facilities in Crises – Reflections and Directions

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I am wrapping up my thesis research (finally!), which focuses on the mapping of health facilities in crisis settings. Over the past 3 years, I have spent countless hours looking at datasets, GPS coordinates, and long lists of indicators of the functionality of health facilities. I have been looking to see what effective tools are […]

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Haiti’s Health System, 2 Years After the Earthquake

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Today marks the two year anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010. Far from celebration of the progress made since, the anniversary has drawn criticism from a range of dignitaries and aid workers in the country and around the world. That the billions in international humanitarian assistance have failed to […]

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Measuring Famine – Scales, Indicators and Thresholds

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The current food crisis in the Horn of Africa (consisting of the countries of Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Ethiopia) is an evolving humanitarian emergency that is bordering on disaster. Millions of people face serious health risks related to malnutrition, fuelled by a drought in the region but largely compounded by a worsening security situation, conflict, […]

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