Disaster Risk Reduction

PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN

GENEVA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor full report

Questions over Mali's Ebola response

BAMAKO, 18 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The failure of a top Malian hospital to detect probable cases of Ebola has raised questions about whether the country's health system is sufficiently prepared to tackle the disease. full report

Ebola survivors work to improve response

FREETOWN/KAILAHUN/MONROVIA/DAKAR, 12 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The Ebola epidemic has killed some 5,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but it has also left many survivors who are playing a key role in the Ebola response. full report

Medevac policy gaps slow volunteer recruitment

DAKAR, 7 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More than 5,000 international healthcare workers and support staff are needed to contain the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa, but doctors, nurses and emergency responders say the uncertainty about what might happen in the field if they get sick is slowing down recruitment. full report

Soaring charcoal prices hit livelihoods in Somaliland

HARGEISA, 7 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The livelihoods of vulnerable families, including the poor and internally displaced, in the self-declared independent republic of Somaliland have been hard hit by steep rises in the price of charcoal, the main fuel for cooking in the region. full report

How disaster preparation broke down in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 4 November 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Nearly one week after a central Sri Lankan village was hit by a deadly landslide on 29 October, officials are reviewing how dozens of injuries, at least six deaths and hundreds of displacements could have been avoided with better disaster preparedness. full report

Ebola: Experienced doctors still rare

MONROVIA, 27 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The difficulty of finding doctors with field experience is hampering international medical intervention to help curb Ebola in West Africa. Fear of contracting the virus and restricted air travel have also slowed the response. full report

Exporting Ebola - who's really at risk?

LONDON, 22 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More than 50 percent of Americans report being afraid of a mass Ebola outbreak on US soil, according to a Harvard poll earlier this month, but health experts say the true risk is further spread of the virus within the West African region. full report

Nepal disaster preparedness needs to go local

KATHMANDU, 17 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Mid-summer monsoon rains in Nepal triggered over three dozen floods and landslides,killing over 200 people and displacing tens of thousands. Experts say this highlights preparedness and response challenges and the urgent need for these to be prioritized in development plans and at local government level. full report

Ebola and the media – Nigeria’s good news story

LAGOS, 30 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - When an Internet message announcing a salt water solution for Ebola went viral in July, many Nigerians were quick to take heed. Twenty people were hospitalized and two died, reportedly from an excessive intake of salt. full report

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