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Missing Maps: nothing less than a human genome project for cities

Missing Maps: nothing less than a human genome project for cities | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
A huge number of the world’s most vulnerable human settlements have remained unmapped ... until now. Enter an unprecedented plan to map the world’s forgotten places
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Humanitarian aid hits record $22 bln in 2013 amid major crises

Humanitarian aid hits record $22 bln in 2013 amid major crises | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
But a third of the need for aid is still unmet, data shows
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CRASH - Fondation Médecins Sans Frontières

We often hear it said within MSF that the aid system - that is to say all the institutional actors involved in international humanitarian aid - is unable to provide effective relief, or that the aid system's ability to provide aid is in decline. In a...
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Exclusive: As the Democratic Republic of Congo suffers another day of bloodshed, its soldiers talk with astonishing candour of their own brutality

Exclusive: As the Democratic Republic of Congo suffers another day of bloodshed, its soldiers talk with astonishing candour of their own brutality | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
The Congolese soldiers march through the night, but not towards battle. In the dark, they are hunting for women who have fled their homes in Minova to hide in the bushes. The women know that if they are seen, they will be raped and maybe killed.
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Trucking Instead of Protecting: How International Militaries and Aid Agencies Are Failing Civilians in CAR

Trucking Instead of Protecting: How International Militaries and Aid Agencies Are Failing Civilians in CAR | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
In a show of pragmatism seemingly incompatible with their stated mandate, international forces in CAR have been providing protection to convoys of Muslims trying to leave towns and villages in fear of certain death, instead of stopping attacks against them.
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New video game contest promotes respect for health-care personnel and facilities - ICRC

The ICRC and Bohemia Interactive have launched a special
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To lift from the crisis “There must be a global strategy” (Interview)

Muslims fleeing from the nation, clashes between former Seleka rebels and Anti-Balaka militias, heightening humanitarian emergency, UN sanctions against former president François Bozizé, a government reshuffle and the closing of the Chadian border. Fourteen months from the military coup the Central Africa Republic (CAR) cannot find peace, but the multi-faceted crisis is attracting always less international media attention, especially since the United Nations approved the deployment of a peace mission, though not before autumn.
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Learning the Lesson Is Not Enough

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Failure Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an organization that thrives on critical debate. Across the five MSF operational centres, we readily point out each others’ errors and shortcomings. When t...
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Quand l’humanitaire choisit ses victimes

Régulièrement, sur les murs des villes, sur les écrans des téléviseurs, des images chocs. Une enfant maigre, une mouche au coin de la bouche : la faim. Une image floue, en mouvement, dans laquelle on discerne les éclats d’une arme et des membres broyés : l
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Justine Greening: global humanitarian aid system is near breaking point

Justine Greening: global humanitarian aid system is near breaking point | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
International development secretary says system must be overhauled to ensure that more is done to prepare for disasters
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Les déserts médicaux, ou 30 ans d'échecs de politiques publiques

Les déserts médicaux, ou 30 ans d'échecs de politiques publiques | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
SANTÉ - La situation tant décriée actuellement sur les déserts médicaux est pourtant très rose par rapport à ce qui nous attend dans les prochaines années.

Via Paris Healthcare Week
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Should the United Nations Wage War to Keep Peace?

Should the United Nations Wage War to Keep Peace? | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
After years of botched interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN introduces a new policy: ''peace enforcement.'' Will it mean more war or less?
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Scientist who discovered Ebola frustrated by deadly Guinea outbreak

LONDON (Reuters) - Peter Piot was 27, newly qualified and working in a microbiology lab in Antwerp when he received a flask of human blood contaminated with a mysterious pathogen that had been killing
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Humanitarianism is broken but it can be fixed – Paul Currion – Aeon

Humanitarianism is broken but it can be fixed – Paul Currion – Aeon | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
Can humanitarian agencies still fly the flag of high principle, or are they just relics of an imperial model of charity?
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Providing Aid in Conflict Zones Keeps Getting More and More Dangerous | VICE News

Providing Aid in Conflict Zones Keeps Getting More and More Dangerous | VICE News | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
As the nature of warfare changes, aid workers are facing greater threats to their safety — which ultimately hurts those most in need of aid.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: Ending Impunity for Sexual Violence | Human Rights Watch

Democratic Republic of Congo: Ending Impunity for Sexual Violence | Human Rights Watch | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
Introduction
Horrific levels of rape and other forms of sexual violence have plagued eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for almost two decades. Tens of thousands of women, girls, men, and boys have been raped and otherwise sexually abused. The exact number of victims is unknown.
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Humanitarians’ funding rises, but credibility, autonomy undermined

Humanitarians’ funding rises, but credibility, autonomy undermined | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
The idea of humanitarianism is under threat, corroded by its misuse in emergencies arising from violence
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humanitarianism as an idea – and an ideal – is corroding
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Genome breakthrough could help fight against sleeping sickness

Genome breakthrough could help fight against sleeping sickness | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
Scientists have welcomed the development of genome sequence data on the tsetse fly, the vector responsible for the transmission of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), commonly known as sleeping sickness. They say it could be instrumental in devising strategies to eradicate the fly and reduce deaths and the spread of other diseases associated with it.
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Offline: The case against global health : The Lancet

Offline: The case against global health. By - Richard Horton
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Central African Republic: Questions around a forced exodus | Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection

Central African Republic: Questions around a forced exodus | Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
Delphine Chedorge For a few months now, the world’s response to the organized expulsion of the Muslim community out of the Central African Republic (CAR) can best be described as strikingly mute.
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This note gives a background to the response of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the country and highlights some of the difficult questions that has accompanied this response.

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Why NGOs need to admit failure | whydev.org

Why NGOs need to admit failure | whydev.org | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
NGOs are paralysed by fear of admitting failure to their donors and other NGOs. Dani Barrington and Toltu Tufa explain why that needs to change.
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Online army helps map Guinea's Ebola outbreak - tech - 11 April 2014 - New Scientist

Online army helps map Guinea's Ebola outbreak - tech - 11 April 2014 - New Scientist | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
Health workers responding to an Ebola outbreak in Guinea had no maps to go on, so they turned to the internet for help
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“No patients, no problems:” Exposure to risk of medical personnel working in MSF projects in Yemen’s governorate of Amran | The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance

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The Great Lakes of Africa Crises 1994-1997

The Great Lakes of Africa Crises 1994-1997 | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
The first case study: Genocide of Rwandan Tutsis 1994 depicts the MSF reaction when confronted with systematic extermination of Rwandan Tutsis between April and July 1994. The case studies draw from i
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From Poverty to Power » Can a Political Economy Approach explain aid donors’ reluctance to think and work politically? Guest post from Neil McCulloch

From Poverty to Power » Can a Political Economy Approach explain aid donors’ reluctance to think and work politically? Guest post from Neil McCulloch | save the world - or die trying (humanitarian thoughts and news) | Scoop.it
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