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The World Will Never Know: An Anthropological View of Humanitarian Aid in Response to the Pakistan Floods

| October 19, 2012 | 0 Comments
The World Will Never Know: An Anthropological View of Humanitarian Aid in Response to the Pakistan Floods

In August 2010, the worst floods in recent history struck Pakistan, precipitating a humanitarian crisis and widespread destruction of health infrastructure and loss of access to clean water. The consequences for the health of the internally displaced person (IDP) are considerable given the three main epidemics facing the displaced population: cholera, malaria, and dengue fever. The humanitarian challenge presented by this unholy trinity of flood-precipitated diseases is both immediate and severe. This analysis considers the possible underlying causes of the limited humanitarian response and its implications for future humanitarian efforts, with a focus on how knowledge-flows could effectively improve the aid response.

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From the Floodwaters Flow The Impact of Water in Bangladesh

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
From the Floodwaters Flow The Impact of Water in Bangladesh

By Michelle Lee Situated at the confluence of the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, and the Meghna Rivers, Bangladesh has a tumultuous relationship with water, a problem present in both excess and scarcity. Though the country has many water sources and receives abundant rainfall, clean water is limited and often polluted. Flooding during the monsoon season leaves […]

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Availability of Essential Medications for Non-Communicable and Chronic Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Availability of Essential Medications for Non-Communicable and Chronic Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries

Non-communicable and chronic diseases (NCDs) are on the rise throughout the world, but they pose an especially great challenge in low and middle income countries (LMIC). With limited resources for healthcare and prevention, these regions, still affected by a high burden of infectious diseases, are now facing a double epidemic. Many of the chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, require medications to prevent, treat, and alleviate their painful and persistent symptoms…

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A Mosaic of Challenges and Hopes: Humans at the 7 Billion Mark

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
A Mosaic of Challenges and Hopes: Humans at the 7 Billion Mark

  By Carlos Schmidt Aid & Development Columnist According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report on the State of the World Population 2011, human population surpassed the seven billion mark this past October.[1] Although some consider it a crowning achievement of human reproductive success, more people equate it to more challenges in food […]

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Lessons from Sweden: Establishing a Strong Framework for Health Development

| October 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
Lessons from Sweden: Establishing a Strong Framework for Health Development

By Carlos Schmidt Aid & Development Columnist Over the last two decades, China has increased its foreign aid contributions and quickly become the biggest donor to Africa. However, Chinese foreign aid comes with no strings attached and, as the British government warned, “the unconditional aid and cheap loans to African governments risks driving back into […]

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