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20 Mar 2015 description

A tablet device that can withstand being doused in chlorine has been developed to help medics caring for patients with Ebola.

Designed by technology volunteers and Google, it can be used even wearing gloves and in storms and high humidity.

Medecins Sans Frontieres put out a call for an Ebola-proof tablet to help teams record vital patient information.

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19 Apr 2014 description

Why is education never an emergency? You know, a blue-lights-flashing, rapid-response, something-has-to-be-done emergency.

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15 Apr 2014 description

Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests.

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04 Apr 2014 description

Photojournalist Sean Sutton has worked for Mines Advisory Group (MAG), a not-for-profit humanitarian organisation, since 1997, after almost a decade covering conflicts as a freelance photographer. To mark International Landmine Awareness Day, he has written about his work and selected some of his pictures from his archive from the past 25 years.

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21 Mar 2014 description

BBC Mundo, @bbc_ciencia

Son miles, afectan a muchos países y están fundamentalmente generados por la creciente demanda de energía y recursos naturales.

De los casos que detalla el recién creado Atlas global de Justicia Ambiental, más de 300 son de América Latina.

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16 Dec 2013 description

By Sean Robson

Refugees and displaced people are, arguably, the world's most vulnerable people. They face the daily realities of living for years in shelters designed for emergency use while braving inhospitable environments, high temperatures, floods and little or no means of communication with the outside world.

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12 Dec 2013 description

By Rebecca Morelle
Science reporter, BBC World Service

The Earth could have been struck by many more huge earthquakes in its recent history than was previously thought, scientists say.

Research suggests that half of all quakes measuring more than 8.5 in magnitude that hit in the 19th Century are missing from records.

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16 Oct 2013 description

Immunisation has been one of the great success stories of global health. It is estimated to prevent the deaths of two to three million children each year. But another 1.5 million children still die from diseases that could be prevented by routine vaccines.

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08 Oct 2013 description

British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline is seeking regulatory approval for the world's first malaria vaccine after trial data showed that it had cut the number of cases in African children.

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08 Aug 2013 description

A malaria vaccine has shown promising results in early stage clinical trials, a study suggests.

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19 Jul 2013 description

A lack of co-operation between South Asian countries is preventing timely flood warnings that could save lives and property during the monsoon season.

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11 Jul 2013 description

By Fiona Graham

Technology of business reporter, BBC News

Living in an earthquake zone adds a certain spice to life.

To the normal catastrophes of day-to-day existence, you can add the possibility that the earth will open up underneath you and swallow you whole.

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27 Apr 2013 description

By Mark Kinver

Environment reporter, BBC News

A hybrid farmland grass, developed by a team of UK researchers, could help reduce flooding, a study has shown.

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05 Apr 2013 description

By Tara McKelvey

BBC News Magazine

The US Congress has slashed $85bn (£56bn) from the federal budget through the end of September. Now, foreign aid groups that rely on US support fear the cuts will devastate the people in the most desperate need.

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23 Nov 2012 description

By Jonah Fisher BBC News, Sai Yok, Thailand

In a wooden hut on the Thai-Burmese border, a community health worker pricks the finger of six-month-old Tannakorn, who lets out a whimper.

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13 Aug 2012 description

The US, France and Mexico are planning talks to consider whether an emergency meeting is needed to tackle the soaring price of grain.

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06 Aug 2012 description

Clark Boyd From PRI's The World

Mobile phones and simple text messages are being used to tackle everything from food shortages to childhood HIV across Africa.

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19 Jul 2012 description

Google has launched a text message-based version of its email service targeted at users in Africa.

Gmail SMS can run on so-called "dumb phones" which only have very basic features and no access to the internet.

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29 Mar 2012 description


In 2008, a BBC World Service Trust policy briefing argued that people affected by earthquakes, floods or other emergencies often lacked the information they needed to survive and that this only added to their stress and anxiety. Left in the Dark: the unmet need for information in humanitarian emergencies maintained that humanitarian agencies were increasingly effective and coordinated in getting food, water, shelter and medical help to people affected by disasters, but were neglecting the need to get often life-saving information to them.

15 Nov 2011 description

By Mark Doyle

BBC International Development Correspondent

Aid donors and recipients would benefit from greater transparency in spending on development projects Continue reading the main story

A UK-based lobby group is calling for more transparency in the spending of global development aid, estimated to be worth about $150bn (£93bn).

Publish What You Fund says taxpayers in rich donor countries and recipients in poorer nations need more information to know if aid is being spent wisely.