ALNAP releases SOHS 2015.

Every three years ALNAP releases a State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS) report that looks back at humanitarian assistance over that time period with a goal of responding to the question: How well is humanitarian assistance performing?

Commissioned by ALNAP and authored by Humanitarian Outcomes, the report provides a concise and comprehensive picture of the humanitarian system and explores trends and performance in the sector. Included in the report are perspectives from all areas of humanitarian action including recipients of aid, practitioners and high-level decision-makers. Overall, it is meant as an assessment of the performance of international humanitarian assistance by defining and analysing key criteria that can help evaluate system performance and progress.

‘Build Back Better’ to improve health in Haiti

by Harry Shannon

I took this picture about 21 months after the 2010 Haiti earthquake that caused so many deaths and so much destruction. A study I co-authored (Kolbe et al. 2010) estimated that in the capital, Port-au-Prince, the excess mortality due to the quake was about 156,000, with thousands more dying elsewhere in the country. We also found that a quarter of homes were completely destroyed, and a further 40% had some damage, leaving only a third with no visible damage.