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The international health charity Merlin is joining Save the Children to create a world-class humanitarian health force for children and their families living in some of the toughest places in the world.
By combining Merlin’s network of frontline health workers with Save the Children’s life-saving work in over 120 countries more children affected by disasters or living in conflict and post-conflict zones will be reached.
Justin Forsyth, Save the Children Chief Executive, said:
Monday July 2: In the UK family planning is a lifestyle choice but in many of the countries where global health charity Merlin works, this lack of choice can prove fatal.
As we approach the London Summit on Family Planning, it is estimated that every year 287,000 women and girls die from complications in pregnancy and/or childbirth. The vast majority of these deaths occur where poverty, conflict and natural disaster make everyday life a challenge.
International medical aid charity Merlin is to join a network of experts who can be called on by Government in times of international crisis, such as famine, floods and earthquakes. The new facility will mobilise life saving support from Britain's best businesses and charities in the critical hours after a disaster strikes.
Up to 750,000 people face death from hunger in East Africa. Millions more are at risk across the region in the worst food crisis of the 21st century. They will have to bear a legacy of poverty, suffering, and the loss of their livelihoods. Urgent action is needed right now.
But the truth is that this crisis was predicted – and preventable: we already have the knowledge to stop this kind of tragedy from unfolding; we know the steps that must be taken to prevent suffering on this scale.
Merlin has been working hard to raise awareness of the importance of supporting health workers in crisis countries.
On Monday and Tuesday, to coincide with Peace Day, Merlin's crack team of campaigners took to the streets of London to raise awareness of the need to increase investment in and protection of health workers in crisis countries.
The next day, we launched our report on the subject, 'A grave new world' which sets out in more detail the awful conditions many health workers are forced to work in and explains why the world stands precisely zero chance of meeting …
The first comprehensive guide to help international humanitarian agencies prepare for extreme man-made disasters, including WMD attacks, is being launched on Tuesday 30 November.
Extreme Emergencies, by Anthea Sanyasi, has been commissioned by a group of key humanitarian organisations, led by British medical relief agency Merlin. The source book aims to assist aid agencies in protecting their own staff as well as civilians in the event of deliberate or accidental chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) incidents in developing countries.
This paper aims to help humanitarian organisations
quantify some of the risks and potentials in assisting victims of biological
or chemical weapons, and to suggest some immediate and feasible actions
to raise preparedness. Among other things, the document looks at the following
- Risk assessment: how will we know when it's 'safe'?
- Protection: what options to reduce risk of contamination?
- Preparation to assist: what can NGOs reasonably do now?