Archive for the Crisis Efforts Category

PQMD Member CMMB in Haiti: 7 Years and 100 Days Later

PQMD Member CMMB in Haiti: 7 Years and 100 Days Later January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti with a vengeance. What made this year’s anniversary of that day even more significant is that the date also marked 100 days since Hurricane Matthew swept through

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CDC Trains Frontline Disease Detectives

CDC Trains Frontline Disease Detectives In 2014, when the world saw the largest ever Ebola outbreak, Liberia was one of the hardest-hit countries. But without much needed training, many cases were not detected in time and individuals were missed. The CDC has since rectified the problem by

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Zika: The Untold Story

PQMD Members Act to Resolve Zika Health Crisis

Zika: The Untold Story Produced by Kevin Young and Caitlin Saks In 2016, panic spread through the Americas as a once obscure virus—Zika—reached epidemic proportions. To the surprise of the medical community and the public alike, the little known virus was discovered to cause severe birth defects in

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PQMD Member World Vision Continues Aid in Haiti and Beyond

PQMD Member World Vision Continues Aid in Haiti and Beyond By Carrie Holmes Since the 1950s, World Vision has strived to change the face of poverty.  Empowering people to step out of poverty.  For real. For good. To help secure a better future for each child, they

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HIV prevention initiative seeks to break barriers in sub-Saharan Africa

HIV prevention initiative seeks to break barriers in sub-Saharan Africa By Jennifer Ehidiamen Ntokozo Zakwe went to a health facility to ask for information about safe sex when she was 19 years old but the negative response she received from a nurse discouraged her from going back.

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Data Driven Preparedness for Disasters

Data Driven Preparedness for Disasters In December 2015, Paris hosted the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Governments, nongovernmental organizations and local communities gathered to take action against climate change and move forward after successive failures in reaching common ground for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The historic COP21

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Committed to serving the most vulnerable in South Sudan

Committed to serving the most vulnerable in South Sudan In the midst of ongoing violence in South Sudan, an estimated 2.3 million people have been forced from their homes. Most are not involved in the conflict in any way: beautiful souls, living in fear, struggling to survive. One

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AmeriCares Responds to India’s Historic Drought

AmeriCares Responds to India’s Historic Drought As India’s worst drought in more than four decades shatters the lives of millions of people in the west central state of Maharashtra, AmeriCares India is mobilizing a response to help residents facing water scarcity, food shortages, and loss of livelihood.

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CDC Concludes that Zika Causes Fetal Birth Defects

CDC Concludes that Zika Causes Fetal Birth Defects

CDC Concludes that Zika Causes Fetal Birth Defects On Wednesday, scientists at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a press release identifying a causal relationship between prenatal Zika infection and cases of “microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.” A special report was also published in

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PQMD Member International Medical Corps Takes Action against Ethiopia’s Widespread Drought

Ethiopia's Widespread Drought

PQMD Member International Medical Corps Takes Action Against Ethiopia’s Widespread Drought Over the past year in Ethiopia, two seasons of inadequate rainfall and the drastic climactic effects of El Nino have left regions throughout the country in severe states of drought. The widespread phenomenon has affected agricultural

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