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Turning the tables for better health care in Haiti

Imagine traveling for hours to meet with your doctor. You arrive at the office, exhausted from your journey, only to hear that your doctor is not in. 

Or imagine you are pregnant with your first child and you receive regular visits from a community health worker. When she submits the data from the visit to the nurse at the closest facility, the nurse only copies down half of the information, or has even lost your medical records by the time you arrive to deliver your child. 

This happens too often in Haiti. 

113th Congress Sets Politics Aside for Critical Development & Humanitarian Issues

2014 has been a busy year for the international humanitarian and development communities. From the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to ongoing conflict in Iraq and Syria, 2014 saw an unprecedented number of humanitarian crises around the globe. At the same time, this year's midterm congressional elections brought partisan tensions to new highs inside the Washington Beltway.

Three key reasons why Ebola is also a food security crisis

“Ebola is not just a health crisis. Across West Africa a generation of young people risk[s] being lost to an economic catastrophe.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The Evolving Role and Future Relevance of the US NGO Sector

After 8 years serving at the helm of InterAction, the Board has graciously offered me a sabbatical, from later this month to early April, 2015. During this period I will have no access to e-mail, or any InterAction related work, and I welcome this opportunity to recharge and relax.  I am honored that for a part of the next three months I will be a resident policy fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy.  This is a welcomed chance to reflect upon our sector’s relevancy and evolving role.

5 Tips for Negotiating the Salary or Raise that you want

Whether it's a new job or a 10-year raise, almost everyone will have to negotiate a salary at some point in their professional career.  On December 8, Alison Elissa Cardy taught a workshop for InterAction's Young Professional Network about the best way to prepare for – and succeed in – a negotiation. For those who were unable to attend, here's a quick sample of her best tips: 

The Cassandra of Our Time: Climate Change and Women

“Each one of us is impacting the environment, but not equally. Each one of us will be affected, but not equally.” – Weathering Change

Climate change not only affects temperatures but weather conditions, glaciers, water levels, crop yields, and species such as polar bears. Now, climate change has begun to affect women’s lives. The issue of climate change is now closer to home than ever before.

Stopping the Spread-The Importance of Education Around Ebola

Over the last few months, newspaper headlines have been filled with reports on the dire need for health care workers, protective equipment, and treatment centers in responding to the Ebola outbreak ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. While there is certainly a pressing need for logistical and medical support, there is also an urgent need for community education informed by West African cultural norms. Understanding these norms, such as funeral rituals and gender roles, assists in halting the spread of the virus.

Build it and they will come? Yes, with creativity, evidence, and cross-sector coordination.

In many remote regions around the world, it is extremely difficult for women in labor to reach a hospital or a clinic, causing risks to their lives and the lives of their babies. The important role mobility plays in health in the developing world is well documented. In India, the convening of key stakeholders across many government sectors was critical to galvanize a statewide, lifesaving ambulance service. 

Aftershock App: Where Science Meets Humanitarian Aid

A partnership between a world-renowned seismologist and a veteran aid worker has given birth to an innovative project to allow disaster response organizations, for the first time ever, to forecast in real-time where aftershocks will hit, saving lives and paving the way for better post-quake relief decisions. 
 

Learning in the Time of Ebola

Throughout West Africa, the widespread outbreak of Ebola has placed regular life on hold. In an effort to prevent the further spread of the virus, curfews have been put in place. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. And schools have been closed since August.

But for students in EDC’s USAID-funded Advancing Youth Project in Liberia, learning has not come to a full halt. In an innovative response to a humbling health crisis, classes are continuing over the radio.

And across the country, students are tuning in.

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