Michael Vanrooyen recounts his time as an emergency worker in wartorn Somalia in the early 1990s in a compelling excerpt from his book, “The World’s Emergency Room: The Growing Threat to Doctors, Nurses, and Humanitarian Workers.” Soon after arriving, he learned this was a…

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook Indonesia’s Aceh province early Wednesday, taking nearly 100 lives—and there are fears that more victims are trapped in the rubble.   The quake stirred memories of the 2004 earthquake that triggered a tsunami and killed over 230,000 people…

A month after Hurricane Matthew blew through Haiti causing at least 546 deaths, 800,000 residents are in desperate need of food, and the fight for scarce resources is undermining order, reports The Washington Post.  

While many have focused on Haiti’s immediate post-Hurricane Matthew threats like cholera and tetanus, hunger is a serious concern, says Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer.   During his recent visit, a friend in the Ministry of Health told him the October 4 hurricane…

Cholera is a main concern of relief staff scrambling to deliver lifesaving supplies in Haiti, a week after Hurricane Matthew slammed into the island, hitting at a time when cholera was putting a heavy burden on the nation.   “The top priority for people affected by the…

With some towns in Haiti wiped off the map by Hurricane Matthew last week, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called for a massive response—$120 million in aid for 750,000 people in need. As of yesterday, hard-hit areas were still without power, and local aid officials…

Hurricane Matthew left a broad tableau of devastation in Haiti, making old problems worse for those living in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.   The death toll is surging in the aftermath of the worst natural disaster to strike the nation since the earthquake…

Hurricane Matthew, one of the strongest hurricanes in years in the Caribbean, pummeled Haiti yesterday, killing at least 2 people there as well as 4 in the Dominican Republic.   The hurricane spurred the evacuation of hundreds of thousands, many of whom live in flimsy…

The death toll today passed 240 following yesterday’s 6.2-magnitude earthquake in central Italy, as rescuers scramble to reach dozens of people believed trapped. Strong aftershocks continue to shake the region, rendering buildings in Amatrice, including the town’s hospital…

With mortality rates estimated at 4 times higher than emergency thresholds in some of the 15 local government areas formerly held by Boko Haram insurgents, and the rate of severe acute malnutrition hovering at 14%, the WHO is ramping up response in northeastern Nigeria.…