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Responding to Earthquakes: Learning from earthquake relief and recovery operations

In light of the tragic earthquake in Nepal, we revisit the 'Responding to Earthquakes' paper that looks back at lessons learnt from 30 years of humanitarian response to earthquakes.

This paper forcuses on both relief and recovery efforts, because one of the strongest lessons emerging from recent natural disasters is that providing effective support to recovery, and not disaster relief, is the overarching challenge of responding to earthquakes.

 

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The critical role of humanitarian critique

Bertrand Taithe, Juliano Fiori and Michaël Neuman
Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Save the Children and MSF-Crash

In November 2014, the Guardian published an article which considered the role played by Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) in response to the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Although complimentary of MSF’s reflective approach in response to a ‘new’ medical event, the article quotes a Reuters interview with Dr Jean-Hervé Bradol, in which the former president of the French section of the medical NGO bemoans his organisation’s delayed and inappropriate response.

 

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27 April 2015 – 1 May 2015

Although disasters cannot be completely avoided, they can be foreseen and planned for. Appropriate measures can be taken to reduce the risk of potential disasters and to minimize their impact with well-prepared responses when disasters do occur. Case study work introduces students to past disasters and crises. In addition to analysing past mistakes, students are given a clear understanding of disaster management and risk reduction strategies.

 

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