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About the well being and psychosocial support for Humanitarian Aid workers, development workers and volunteers working under difficult circumstances.
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Aid workers and the battle against indifference

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World Humanitarian Day: it's that day when in HQ there's a moment of silence, maybe a service, events in remembrance of "those who face danger and adversity in order to help others". It falls on the anniversary of the 2003 bombing at the UN headquarters in Baghdad that killed twenty-two aid workers.In the field, as far as my memory goes, WHD is business as usual, with endless meetings, the positive outcome of some work, frustration over a partnership that seemed promising, your boss who really needs to go on R&R because they are stressing everyone out, etc. 

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Humanitarian agencies need to stop failing their staff on mental health

Humanitarian agencies need to stop failing their staff on mental health | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
UN aid worker Brendan McDonald is petitioning to raise the bar on the woeful state of humanitarian staff welfare
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An Aid Worker Was Raped In South Sudan And The U.N. Did Nothing About It

An Aid Worker Was Raped In South Sudan And The U.N. Did Nothing About It | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
A Canadian woman went to South Sudan hoping to help its women and girls weather violence. Instead, she experienced sexual violence herself. BuzzFeed News’ Jina Moore investigates her unfulfilled qu...
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Beyond the Casualty Statistics; the Darker Side of Being an Aid Worker

Beyond the Casualty Statistics; the Darker Side of Being an Aid Worker | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
A few days ago I read an IRIN article by Ben Parker, Memento Mori, on humanitarian aid work and the risks aid workers face in conflicts. Aid agency managers accept the organizational risks of...
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Training Not Effective in Mitigating Secondary Traumatic Stress

Training Not Effective in Mitigating Secondary Traumatic Stress | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
For several years I have been researching stress and the effects of secondary trauma on aid personnel and how to mitigate these.   The study is now complete and I would like to summarize key findings here.Secondary traumatic Stress (STS) is a condition that arises in response to indirect exposure to a traumatic event/s (commonly by hearing a traumatic story experienced by a loved one or a client).  Symptoms can be as debilitating as post traumatic stress disorder. STS is increasingly recognized as a grave occupational hazard to aid worker
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Supporting the Supporters

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Many people reported having worked in challenging fields or roles prior to the disaster, but that disaster recovery is like nothing they’ve previously encountered - a different beast. Recovery is described as complex, chaotic, overwhelming, all-consuming, novel, ever-changing and relentless. It defies being readily bounded, flowing into and being affected by personal and community life.

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Sounding off on how to prevent burnout - Devex

Sounding off on how to prevent burnout - Devex | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Devex Sounding off on how to prevent burnout Devex Working in disaster areas, in particular, will not only make one susceptible to burnout but also post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Martina Estrely, who said she works on psychosocial and...

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Death on the mission | WhyDev

Death on the mission | WhyDev | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
In this line of work, it's not uncommon to lose colleagues and friends. And when it happens, aid workers may find themselves isolated and without the time or space to grieve. The Guerilla Researcher thinks it's time to start a conversation about coping with loss in the field.
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5 tips for humanitarians in the danger zone | Devex

5 tips for humanitarians in the danger zone | Devex | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

What can international aid groups do to protect their staff working in dangerous areas?

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Aid Industry Career Advice

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There’s been a spike, lately, in the amount of email in my inbox wanting advice for landing that sweet, aid industry career. For posterity, and to save myself copy/pasting the same email over and o...
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FREE WEBINAR: Self Care 101 for women aid workers | Facebook

FREE WEBINAR: Self Care 101 for women aid workers | Facebook | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

Do you ever feel like you're overworked and have no time to yourself?
Do you feel like you should be leaving the office on time, but feel guilty when you do? (After all you are on mission and the main reason for being where you are is to WORK!)

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Islamic State claims beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig

Islamic State claims beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
The Islamic State jihadist group is claiming to have executed US aid worker Peter Kassig as a warning to the United States.
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Day in the life of a Kenema Ebola treatment centre

Day in the life of a Kenema Ebola treatment centre | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
We’re heading to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) Ebola treatment centre 15km out of Kenema town in eastern Sierra Leone. It’s known locally as the “Ebola camp” because it’s made up of a dozen or so white tented structures set up outside. It is surrounded by lush green forest and mountains loom in the distance.
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What's an Humanitarian When It's At Home?

It’s not a great time to be a humanitarian. Around the world, they’re being shot at, sent home or silenced. Vicki Mau and Christoph Hensch are ‘professional humanitarians’: Vicki inspects detention centres and Christoph sends people overseas to provide health care in armed conflicts. We talk about what it means – and what it costs – to be humanitarian.

 

 

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Improving staff wellness for humanitarian effectiveness

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Register now to join PHAP for an interactive online panel discussion and practitioner consultation on Thursday, 30 July.Indicate your support for a greater focus on humanitarian staff wellness by signing the online petition launched by Brendan McDonald, adding your comments under “Why this is important to me.”Humanitarian effectiveness and accountability in humanitarian response have received a great deal of attention in recent years. However, despite considerable research underlining its importance, what is often missing or underplayed in discussions and initiatives relating to both these topics is the issue of the safety, security, and wellness of humanitarian staff and volunteers.

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UN Secretary-General and the Emergency Relief Coordinator: We call on you to include staff welfare as a key issue at the WHS

UN Secretary-General and the Emergency Relief Coordinator: We call on you to include staff welfare as a key issue at the WHS | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
In the last 15 years, aid work has become an ever-deadlier profession. Since 2000, 2,913 national staff have been killed or injured for their work, along with 544 internationals. Hundreds of others have been kidnapped or violently assaulted. The danger is not just physical. It is mental and psychological. Numerous studies have shown aid workers suffer from high-levels of anxiety, post-traumatic stress symptoms, depression, and burnout. According to one study, 30% of aid workers return from deployment with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). National aid workers are m ...
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Wind Zen - An Inner Roadmap to Humanity, by Claire Higgins | Book

Wind Zen - An Inner Roadmap to Humanity, by Claire Higgins | Book | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

What happens when violence, conflict, stress, trauma, and adversity turn your life upside down? What do you do?

What happens when everything you thought you knew turned out to be a lie, including who you thought you were? Where do you go next?

This is one woman’s inner journey through the Wild to find her Zen.

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Challenges medical relief teams face after disaster

Challenges medical relief teams face after disaster | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
As medical relief teams from Nepal and the rest of the world work to distribute supplies and care for survivors, it's worth understanding how health workers handle extreme emergency situations.
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Secret Aid Worker: After years in the field, I've lost my compassion

Secret Aid Worker: After years in the field, I've lost my compassion | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
A humanitarian worker in South Sudan talks about the effects of years of exposure to human suffering
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Why are humanitarians so WEIRD?

Why are humanitarians so WEIRD? | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
In his latest column, recovering aid worker Paul Currion argues that humanitarian organisations are fundamentally WEIRD - Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. Unless that changes, he says, they will always struggle to understand the communities in which they work.
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Coursera - Free Online Courses From Top Universities

Coursera - Free Online Courses From Top Universities | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Psychological First Aid

Learn to provide psychological first aid to people in an emergency by employing the RAPID model: Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition.

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It's free! Runs from 18 May till 28 June 2015

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A Crisis of Anxiety Among Aid Workers

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Organizations must better apply the principles of alleviating suffering and protecting human dignity with their own staff.
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17 December

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The 17 December 1996 was one of those days that changed my life forever.I was in Novye Atagi, a small countryside village in Chechnya, Southern Russia, as an ICRC Delegate leading an international Red Cross team that was operating an ICRC field hospital installed just a few months earlier.That Tuesday morning, shortly after 3am, I was woken by loud noises in the building. While I was sitting up and pulling on a pair of trousers, contemplating what to do next, the door of my room opened and a figure stepped into the dim light that came through the blinds from outside. Without saying a word, th
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Of course, it goes without saying that the same applies to all aid workers across the sector. All deserve to be remembered, all stories need to be told!

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Aid workers: unsung and unarmed

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Fighting the Ebola crisis in Liberia or delivering aid to the Ukraine is not for the faint of heart. Ebola Monrovia Liberia Despite the risk of disease, kidnapping and death by beheading, humanitarian workers around the world continue to offer their services in danger zones far from their comfortable homelands. Are they braver than the rest of us, more foolhardy or simply mankind’s truest altruists?
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Humanitarians Under Attack: Delivering Aid in Insecure Settings

Humanitarians Under Attack: Delivering Aid in Insecure Settings | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

Recent high-profile attacks on humanitarian professionals in Syria and Iraq call attention to a disturbing trend: humanitarian agencies face growing threats and attacks on their staff. These attacks endanger their lives, violate international humanitarian law, and jeopardize the effective delivery of emergency relief to populations in need.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014 

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