Opinion: The Conflicting Narratives of Hurricane Maria: Rethinking Disaster Response

Opinion: The Conflicting Narratives of Hurricane Maria: Rethinking Disaster Response By: Elizabeth J. Ashbourne (Executive Director, Partnership for Quality Medical Donations – PQMD) and Verónica M. Arroyave (Director / Global Community Relations, Executive Director / Baxter International Foundation, Baxter International Inc.) On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria

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Avoiding Consequences of Unsolicited Donations

Avoiding Consequences of Unsolicited Donations Australian study looks at donor behavior and effective messaging  A recent study by the Australian Council for International Development took a behavioral research approach to survey 1,000 subjects who had or were considering sending UBDs (unsolicited bilateral donations) to areas in crisis.

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Social Media Provides Vital Assistance in Response to Kerala Flooding

Social Media Provides Vital Assistance in Response to Kerala Flooding Response to the flooding in the Southern Indian state of Kerala last month received an unexpected boost – thousands of citizens used social media and mobile technology to organize and mobilize assistance to the disaster. Large organizations

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Finding the Right Words to Help Rohingya Refugees

Finding the Right Words to Help Rohingya Refugees The nonprofit Translators Without Borders, in partnership with UNICEF and Oxfam, developed an online glossary resource for aid workers working in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. The mobile phone app includes terms and translations into the five languages spoken

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After Heat and Disease Deaths, WHO Seeking Access to Displaced Persons in Syria

After Heat and Disease Deaths, WHO Seeking Access to Displaced Persons in Syria   The World Health Organization is seeking access to 210,000 displaced people who fled fighting in southern Syria. The displaced urgently need medicines and health services, and some require evacuation due to injury. Recent

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