A partnership between a world-renowned seismologist and a veteran aid worker has given birth to an innovative project to allow disaster response organizations, for the first time ever, to forecast in real-time where aftershocks will hit, saving lives and paving the way for better post-quake relief decisions.
More than 30 Ugandans—among them doctors, nurses, health educators and social workers—have gone to West Africa since August to join the effort to control the ongoing Ebola epidemic. These Ugandan health workers have direct experience with such outbreaks. Over the last 15 years, Uganda has had four Ebola outbreaks (2000, 2007, 2011 and 2012). In each instance, the country’s health system was able to contain the outbreak to the initial site.
In many remote regions around the world, it is extremely difficult for women in labor to reach a hospital or a clinic, causing risks to their lives and the lives of their babies. The important role mobility plays in health in the developing world is well documented. In India, the convening of key stakeholders across many government sectors was critical to galvanize a statewide, lifesaving ambulance service.
Over the last few months, newspaper headlines have been filled with reports on the dire need for health care workers, protective equipment, and treatment centers in responding to the Ebola outbreak ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. While there is certainly a pressing need for logistical and medical support, there is also an urgent need for community education informed by West African cultural norms. Understanding these norms, such as funeral rituals and gender roles, assists in halting the spread of the virus.
The United Nations Secretary-General has used his much-awaited post-2015 synthesis report to usher the New York caravan along the road to dignity for all by 2030. He also urges coherence among the three major intergovernmental processes and events of 2015: the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, the finalization of the SDGs and their agreement at the post-2015 summit and the agreement of a post-2020 climate regime at COP 21 in Paris next December.
Just half of major global banks have in place a public policy to respect human rights, according to new research, despite this being a foundational mandate of an international convention on multinational business practice. Further, of the 32 global banks examined, researchers found that none has publicly put in place a process to deal with human rights abuses, if identified. None has even created grievance mechanisms by which those impacted by potential abuses can complain to the banks.
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