The world’s next pandemic is “a matter of when, not if.” To build a better-coordinated response that minimizes impact, leaders should craft operational, strategic and policy choices informed by lessons learned from the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak.   CDG fellow Jeremy Konyndyk’…

Before Cyclone Fani pummeled one of India’s poorest states on Friday, authorities in Odisha deployed everything they had. 2.6 million texts, 43,000 volunteers, 1,000 emergency workers, sirens, TV commercials, a 5-page action plan. The messaging was simple and relentless: “A…

A couple months after a November wildfire devastated Paradise, California, resident Kyla Awalt’s insurance company told her it was time to move back home.   But the town still has no potable water; preliminary tests indicate the fire contaminated pipelines with cancer-…

A month after Cyclone Idai hit southern Africa, killing more than 1,000 and leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, the suffering continues. The Numbers, according to Reuters:

There’s a saying: “Statistics are human beings with the tears dried off. As somebody who is responsible for building empathy for people forced to flee their homes, I really don’t like statistics,” Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees…

The UN has declared Cyclone Idai a level 3 emergency, putting it on par with Yemen, Syria and South Sudan, the World Food Programme announced Friday.

Rise with Refugees: Responding to an Urgent and Accelerating Global Crisis In collaboration with Global Health NOW from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Stanford Refugee Research Project is convening UN leaders and other experts to explore how to…

In the wake of Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake—which left 22,000 injured—the country has embraced a more inclusive, rights-based approach to disability. In Kathmandu, people with disabilities choose from a growing roster of rehab centers offering services like…

The devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake left tens of thousands dead and 1.5 million homeless. Thousands of bodies were buried in Titanyen—a notorious dumping ground for bodies. But after the dead were buried, the lively new community of Canaan arose. With the area around…

Traffic fatalities in Southeast Asia and Africa surpass the rest of the world, but experts believe the problem may be even bigger than previously known. They estimate 80% of deaths go misclassified or unrecorded.   Complex issues contribute to data gaps. Deaths in rural…