May 12, 2016
Ecuador Earthquake Response: IDHA Alumni Working Together in the Field
by Wilson Gomez Vascones (IDHA 40)

Guayaquil, Ecuador - On Saturday April 16th at 6:58 PM, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador; many local efforts started immediately, and in the days to follow, many governments and international organizations began arriving with different types of assistance. The organization that I coordinate here in Guayaquil, Red de Voluntariado Juvenil ("Youth Volunteering Network"), started planning how to best assist with food, shelter management, and also medical assistance in the sectors. Within the first few days of the earthquake response, Rahul Singh, Executive Director of GlobalMedic and the International Rapid Response Team from Canada, contacted me to offer support and assistance right away. Rahul and I had met during the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) Training Course in June 2013, and have since collaborated on building local capacity here in Ecuador. Rahul and I agreed that his team would arrive by Monday night while I worked on securing the necessary permission to operate on ground zero...

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IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, Dr. Alexander van Tulleken (IDHA 16) was recently back in the news as keynote speaker of a session on "Providing Best Healthcare During the European Refugee Crisis - Mobilising Health and Care Support Services" during the four day International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Dr. van Tulleken spoke about the migrant crisis in Europe and focused on how to help deliver health services to the most vulnerable people across the migration route. He was also recently featured in an article written for the Fordham Political Review, "Compassion, Crossings, and Refugees: A Conversation with Dr. Alexander van Tulleken" that gives an outline of his work as a doctor and humanitarian and discusses his most recent documentary "Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis." Read more about Dr. Van Tulleken's latest work on the IIHA blog.
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James Tan (IDHA 44) of Rescue & Relief International recently shared a post with the IIHA: "Remembering the devastated but resilient Nepalese communities that RRI had the privilege of serving and befriending, one year on...."

Matthew Hollingworth (IDHA 1) was featured in an article, "WFP Raises Alarm Over Threats to Fragile Syria Truce" from the His article stresses how an end to the ceasefire will exacerbate already existing challenges to accessing vulnerable populations, putting even more lives at risk.
Timo Luege's (IDHA 21) most recent article "Telecoms cluster strategy emphasizes #Commisaid but raises questions" has been posted on his blog, Social Media for Good and talks about the 2015 Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) goals and how they will attempt to improve humanitarian response efforts by the year 2020.
Piwi Ophoff (IDHA 24, MIHA, IDHA Alumni Council) shared an update from a reunion with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies USG for Partnerships, Dr. Jemilah Mahmood (IDHA Honoris Causa Recipient), and IFRC Senior Emergency Health Officer Dr. Durgavasini Devanath (IDHA 31, MIHA): "Our new Under Secretary General for Partnership Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, and my colleague Dr. Durgavasini Devanath (Durga), Senior Emergency Health Officer IDHA 31 and myself graduate of IDHA 24 in our office, the IFRC Asia Pacific regional office in Kuala Lumpur. All three of us members of another happy family, CIHC and IIHA."
Ferdinand von Habsburg-Lothringen (IDHA 9, MIHA) recently responded to an article featured on Insight on Conflict run by Peace Direct. His response, rich in both experience and insight, was then featured as its own article, "The Complex History of Violence in South Sudan." In his article, Ferdinand details what he has learned from his 20 years of field experience in the country, and he argues that in order to understand the current conflict within the country we must look to South Sudan's complex history - a history that does not always fit into the frameworks and narratives that the international community often tends to impose upon it.
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With the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) in town, summer is the best time to be an IIHA intern! Apply now! 
On Monday, May 9th, the IIHA NY Team met with Lady Helen Hamlyn to share with her the notable achievements of the IIHA over the past year and the organization's strategic vision moving forward. Lady Hamlyn is Chair of the Helen Hamlyn Trust, a UK charity that has supported the Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow position since 2002 and has been essential to the growth and success of the IIHA. Lady Hamlyn is also a Board Member of the IIHA's partner organization, the CIHC ; and a longtime financial supporter of the IIHA and CIHC's collaborative efforts.
The World Humanitarian Summit is now only weeks away. Catch up on all the latest reading with the Final Report of the Global Consultation , the UNSG's report, One Humanity: Shared Responsibility , and the Deputy SG Jan Eliasson's briefing on WHS preparations. Recent articles include WHS spokesman Hervé Verhoosel's article in the LA Times , and an article about the UNSG's call for the WHS to "usher in a new era of global solidarity." Meanwhile, the WHS has shared examples of humanitarian innovation in a blog post on food security and mobile technology and a blog post on the 4th industrial revolution and the refugee crisis You can find overviews on the WHS roundtables and special sessions  here.

The IIHA and HTH will be at the WHS. Will you or your organization be attending?
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The IIHA and HTH family grows with the arrival of Petros Ioannides, who will support HTH communications and project implementation. HTH recently attended the first ETC Connect Day in Washington, D.C., that brings together various Emergency Telecom Cluster partners and HTH has also been invited to participate in the WHS Innovation Marketplace.  and check out View the full HTH Update on the IIHA blog this month's Featured Humanitarian Open Tool! Wondering what an Open Tool is? Find out here! 
Because Tomorrow Needs Her  
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | 6:00 PM 

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) will be hosting an panel discussion related to their special photo exhibition "Because Tomorrow Needs Her" which was created in attempts to improve the access to and quality of women's health care worldwide. After the reception, Denise Grady of the New York Times will be hosting a discussion between MSF workers and the director of Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Global Women's Health Program to share the stories of women that they've met in the field and been able to help. 

The photo exhibit that corresponds with this event will be on display from May 5th-May 31st on the first floor of the Forchheimer Medical Science Building.

To register: Please visit the event page.    

Location: Robbins Auditorium | Albert Einstein College of Medicine | 1300 Morris Park Avenue | Bronx, NY 10461
The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind's Gravest Dangers
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 8:00 - 9:45 AM 

The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs will be hosting an event to discuss what is coming next after the most recent pandemics, the Zika Virus, Ebola, and SARS. Dr. Ali S. Khan, with more than 20 years of experience working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be leading the discussion. 

To learn more and to register: Please visit the event page. 

Location: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs | Merrill House | 170 East 64th Street | New York, NY
Summer 2016

From its inception, Refugee Immigrant Fund (RIF) Asylum Support has harnessed the power of visuals to share the ineffable stories, struggles, and transformations of asylum seekers. For the last year, RIF & Fordham have run a series of teach-in s leading up to a summer-long art exhibition in at the Ildiko Butler Gallery. These collaborative teach-ins have informed and inspired Fordham students to create works that explore the complex process of seeking asylum, and the immense trauma and perseverance that it entails. It is the hope of the organizers that visitors will walk away with a sense of what breeds this journey, and what this journey breeds.
Exhibit Opens: May 30, 2016

Location:  Ildiko Butler Gallery | 113 West 60th Street | First Floor | New York, NY 10023 
Thursday, June 16 - Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hosted by the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) in cooperation with Fordham University, this annual meeting will address current issues of "faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small." The event will discuss the the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the aims of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) to be held this May.  

Location: Fordham University | 113 West 60th Street | New York, NY 10023
Wednesday, September 7 - Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Aid and International Development Forum will be hosting their annual summit this September in Washington D.C. This years event will focus on the best practice in logistics and transport, procurement and supply chain management, partnerships and financing, logistical challenges in the Middle East, and emergency communications and operations. The summit strives to enable quicker and better response during crisis and catastrophes in a more effective, sustainable and cost-efficient way. 

To apply: Please visit the event website.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Aid and Development Asia Summit 2016  
Tuesday, June 21 - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 

This summit will gather all stakeholder groups, including UN and government agencies, development banks, civil societies, and the private sector to provide an opportunity to trans-disciplinary discussion and cross-sector networking. This event will be held by the Aid and International Development Forum and will look at how technological innovations can improve aid and development work in Asia-Pacific. 

Location:  United Nations Conference Center | Bangkok, Thailand
Synergy in Media: Empowing People in Facing Global Challenges
Friday, October 9 - Monday, October 12, 2016 

The World Congress in the Philippines this October will be held to debate recent revolutions, people's power and demonstrations initiated for change in the way governments, religions and their function politically, economically, socially and militarily. The overall objective of the the event will be to gather international and local media practitioners, students, and educators to reflect on, inspire, and share about the role of mass media in today's contexts. 
Location: Tagaytay City, Philippines
How to Make the Most of Information Management in Coordination?
Monday, May 16, 2016 | 2:00 PM (EDT)
ALNAP is holding an event to discuss Effective Information Management (EIM) in humanitarian response as it aims to make accurate, relevant information available to decision-makers in an accessible format. This will be the third of four webinars in a series focusing on humaitarian coordination, and it will specifically address the role of information management in humanitarian coordination mechanisms. 

To register and learn more: Please visit the event page.   
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | 3:00 PM (GMT)  
Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) will be holding a two day event aimed at bringing together individuals and organizations that are working specifically on public health concerns related to the Syrian Crisis. The objective will be to exchange and strengthen research ideas and partnerships in order to provide a direction for further assistance and funding for public health projects. A webinar will be held to summarize the meeting and continue the conversation for professionals that were unable to attend the event in Jordan. 
To register: Please visit the event page.