Three-day disaster simulation preps students for humanitarian relief work

first_img Read Full Story Ninety-three students spent April 26-28, 2013 learning how to rapidly respond to a refugee crisis while being faced with a host of stressful distractions from confrontational child-soldiers to rogue journalists. It was all part of the annual disaster simulation organized by The Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative, the flagship training and professional development program of the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard. The group included graduate students from Harvard School of Public Health, MIT, and Tufts University, and humanitarian professionals who attended as part of the academy’s two-week Humanitarian Response Intensive Course.For the weekend, Harold Parker State Forest in North Andover, Mass., was transformed into a Sub-Saharan border region beset by extreme weather, food shortages, and militia violence. Students were assigned to teams representing nongovernmental organization such as CARE and Save the Children, and worked to develop a plan to provide services for the region’s refugees. The goal of the simulation exercise is to prepare students to work in crisis situations such as the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.last_img read more

A child is for life, not just for a few years

first_imgTelegraph (UK) 16 July 2012…As a doctor, I am sick of seeing the emotional fall-out of feuding parents, the children being innocent conduits for their bitterness and resentments. I accept that sometimes relationships don’t work out. People change. Their circumstances and their responses to them change, too. I also accept that it is far better for children to be brought up by separated parents than to have to endure a tempestuous home life in the presence of both. The steady creep of family discord, of parent pitched against parent, can have devastating effects on youngsters. Even so, the potential for damage in acrimonious divorces is considerable.It is not just the process of divorce that impacts so negatively. The post-divorce period, when parents are attempting to assemble a new life for themselves, is no less fraught or stressful and may have long-term consequences. It seems that once divorced, people have a capacity to act with myopic selfishness. ”I’ve given the best years of my life to my kids, now it’s my time,’’ is the mantra, as they scour singles bars and internet dating sites for someone to make them feel better about themselves.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/children_shealth/9400670/A-child-is-for-life-not-just-for-a-few-years.htmllast_img read more