Topics in Global Health: Natural Disasters and Humanitarian Aid


November 8, 2012 - 5:00pm
November 9, 2012 - 12:00pm
November 10, 2012 - 9:00am


College of Public Health building, Room N120

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Sarolta Graves

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What can be done to relieve the suffering, cope with mass death and restore economic life after major natural disasters?
The 2.5 day workshop will employ speakers, films, breakout sessions and simulations to orient students and others to key issues surrounding major disasters and humanitarian relief in the 21st century. Expert panels will explore the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the 2010 floods in Pakistan, the 2010 earthquake and cholera epidemic in Haiti, and the 2011 tsunami and nuclear plant melt–downs in Japan. Participants who attend all panels, breakouts and films will become familiar with key disaster concepts, such as vulnerability, agency, resiliency, and victimization, with the natural disaster cycle (preparedness, crisis, relief, rehabilitation, recovery) and with public health disaster preparedness. Speakers will review promising new approaches to disasters, such as specialized forms of military intervention, the use of geographical information systems (GIS), the continuity of identity when there is mass mortality, the turn to "disaster vulnerability reduction," and the use of social media under crisis conditions. Finally, the origin, variety and distinctive practices of major national and global relief agencies will be reviewed.