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Expert teams from around the world are being invited to submit research proposals to better inform the management of Ebola outbreaks so that lives can be saved. This includes research which could produce evidence to help tackle the current outbreak. Proposals will be reviewed immediately with a view to enabling research to start as soon as possible. Funding is being made available via the £6.5 million research initiative, Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC), jointly funded by the Department for International Development and the Wellcome Trust, and managed by Enhancing Learning & Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA). Justine Greening said:…
This study seeks to understand the composition, use and cultural orientation of mental health evidence within the UK’s refugee status determination (RSD) process, focusing specifically on mental health evidence provided in the form of a medico-legal report (MLR). By exploring those themes, this paper also strives to provide insight into what constitutes “valid” medical evidence in the context of RSD. Employing a constructivist paradigm, the study is based on 14 interviews with individuals involved in the production of mental health evidence, analysis of documents providing guidance about the production of MLRs, and analysis of MLRs themselves. It is argued that…
In eight out of the past ten years, there has been drought somewhere in the Horn of Africa, affecting nearly 70 million people. Indeed, the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia suffer from water scarcity on an almost annual basis. In this context, water trucking has played a pivotal role in addressing basic water needs. It is a coping mechanism during ‘typical’ dry seasons, based on existing private sector water trucks and vendors who sell water to those who are able to pay for it. In times of drought, direct water trucking is a common relief…
Most humanitarian donors recognise the core humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality as a foundation for action in situations of conflict and complex emergency. They are enshrined in the ‘European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid’ adopted by European Union (EU) donors in December 2007 and are a key component of the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles, first signed by donors in 2003. In practice, however, donors are confronted with numerous challenges to the application of humanitarian principles. There is growing political pressure to portray humanitarian action as part of the crisis management toolbox, or to link it to counter-insurgency,…
  This 8-week interactive course is jointly organised by the Global Health Programme (GHP) at the Graduate Institute Geneva and DiploFoundation. Course curriculum was developed by the GHP, led by Professor Ilona Kickbusch. By the end of this course, participants should be able to: Present the field of global health diplomacy, its history, recent development and key challenges. Identify and define key concepts in global health, global health diplomacy and global health governance. Discuss key cross-cutting issues of global health in relation to foreign policy, trade, climate change, human rights and other related disciplines. Analyse case studies and negotiation processes…
We are now accepting applications for the September 2014 session of the Humanitarian Diplomacy online course, offered by DiploFoundation and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. You can read the full course description at www.diplomacy.edu/courses/humanitarian. Course details Humanitarian diplomacy is persuading decision makers and opinion leaders to act, at all times, in the interests of vulnerable people, and with full respect for fundamental humanitarian principles. The rapid expansion of the number of humanitarian actors in recent years, working for or with governments at all levels and often in complex situations, makes humanitarian diplomacy increasingly important. Humanitarian diplomacy…
The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) Programme opens its second call for proposals on 26 May 2014 with up to £3.5 million of research funding available. We are holding a webinar on 4 June, linking to the R2HC team in London, to present details of this opportunity to apply for research funding. The R2HC programme aims to increase the level and quality of collaborative research on recognised public health challenges in humanitarian crises, to inform effective humanitarian interventions and improve health outcomes. This webinar will be an opportunity to catch up on the outcomes and learning from the…
The Governance Innovation in Security and Development (GISD) research team will conduct a program review of the support to the Governance sector on 18-19 June at Columbia University. We will limit to 20-30 participants. Experts in provision of essential services, particularly core service delivery, would be particularly helpful to map the boundaries, and when needed, essential skills that short-term military experts would need to support restoration of services and development of local capacity. The GISD research project seeks solutions to the challenges of supporting governance in fragile environments. The research team investigates issues and trends in the stability sectors—social well-being, promotion…
 There are more than 45 million displaced people in the world, 80% of them women and children.[1] Disasters, natural and manmade, typically destroy medical facilities, displace medical personnel and erode support structures. In these circumstances an unplanned pregnancy can be fatal, and between a quarter and a half of maternal deaths in crisis situations are due to complications from unsafe abortions.[2] Family planning and post-abortion care are proven, essential and cost-effective interventions that save women's lives.[3] Nonetheless, they have been long neglected in emergencies in favour of conventional priorities such as water, sanitation, shelter, basic healthcare and food. This article…
Yemen is a country racked with violence. Religious sectarianism, rebellion in the north, a secessionist movement in the south and the resurgence of Al-Qaeda are all playing out against a background of economic collapse, insufficient state capacity, corruption and tribalism. A large number of security incidents have affected Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) projects in Aden and Amran governorate north of the capital Sana'a (some 40 documented between April 2010 and July 2013 by MSF's French section alone), including security forces and armed men entering medical facilities to seek out patients, family and tribal revenge attacks against patients or doctors within…

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