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.

The Humanitarian Politics of Cecil the Lion

by Lauren Wallace

Two weeks ago Stephen Harper kicked off the election campaign. But it wasn’t clear if many Canadians were paying attention. Because the killing of Cecil the celebrity lion had already broken the Internet.

In case you missed it, in late July, Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, beheaded Cecil, a lion living in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Within days of news of the murder breaking, the public’s violent backlash sent Mr. Palmer into hiding. Major airlines, including Air Canada, banned shipments of hunting trophies from Africa; a global petition demanding justice accumulated over 300,00 signatures; PETA called for the killer to be hanged to death; and, donations were made to erect a life size bronze statue of the martyr lion.

New Case Study Available

Case studies are made available for a variety of training and reflection purposes. They can be used in conjunction with the Humanitarian Health Ethics Analysis Tool (HHEAT) or on their own.

Are Injections Better Than Pills?

Two months ago, an international medical NGO established a project to support local health clinics and introduce a new malaria treatment program that consists of taking two pills once a day for three days. It would replace the currently available treatment of daily injections. Local health professionals are hesitant about the change in treatment protocol when it is presented to them. The local community, including some local health workers, voice their concern about this treatment; in their opinion injections are better than pills, and more pills are better than a few.  Some local health workers are also sceptical that this new treatment regimen will be available once the non-governmental organization leaves the area. What’s more, community health workers have heard that some local health providers have discouraged patients from accepting the new treatment.

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Nicaraguan Perceptions of Humanitarian Healthcare Missions

Ethics Grand Rounds

Title: Nicaraguan Perceptions of Humanitarian Healthcare Missions
Speaker: Elysée Nouvet
Date: Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: McMaster University Medical Centre 4E20