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02 Dec 2010 description


Let's Invest Now for Tomorrow's Migration

By William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General

Today, there are an estimated 214 million international migrants in the world. If this number continues to grow at the same pace as during the last 20 years, international migrants could number 405 million by 2050.

01 Sep 2010 description

(SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 1, 2010)-Three volunteer Seattle medical professionals leave for Haiti on Friday, Sept. 3 to care for the ongoing health needs of the Haitian community. The team will coordinate medical care from the Medical Teams International field office in Port-au-Prince which opened after the disaster struck. The team will be in Haiti for two weeks.

Since the earthquake hit, Medical Teams International has sent more than 100 medical professionals and provided more than $5 million in medicines and other supplies for 186,000 people .

Team members include:

  • Dr.
14 Jun 2010 description
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NAIROBI, 14 June 2010 (IRIN) - Help for people facing humanitarian catastrophe could be a text message or mouse click away, thanks to software that has proved vital in humanitarian disasters such as the Haiti earthquake.

"Ushahidi" [http://ushahidi.com] is Swahili for testimony and also the name of a website originally developed to map reports of violence and peace efforts following Kenya's 2008 election.

"During the [Kenyan] post-election violence, a few concerned civilians came up with a …

01 Jun 2010 description


Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs frequently represent critical components of the USAID/OFDA response to rapid-onset disasters and complex emergencies, as disaster-affected populations are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases. WASH interventions include latrine construction, hand washing promotion, safe drinking water and healthy sanitation practice education, and safe drinking water provision.