A woman displaced by fighting between forces of rebel Tutsi General Laurent Nkunda and the Congolese government takes refuge in a church and adjacent school in the Goma neighborhood of Musawato, Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she plays with one of her children. A quarter of a million people have been newly displaced by fighting in the eastern Congo, where some 5.4 million have died since 1998 from war-related violence, hunger and disease.
© 2008 Paul Jeffrey, Courtesy of Photoshare
Every day, humanitarian workers labor tirelessly in extremely difficult conditions to help millions of people affected by conflict, natural disaster, and other emergencies around the world. World Humanitarian Day, celebrated on August 19, was established by the United Nations in 2008 to recognize the many aid workers who risk their lives to care for others during times of crisis.
K4Health is proud to mark World Humanitarian Day 2013 with the launch of the new Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings Toolkit. This Toolkit provides donors, decision makers, program managers, health service providers, including emergency workers, and communications professionals, with a carefully selected collection of state-of-the-art resources and tools for delivering reproductive health and related services in challenging post-disaster and conflict settings.
When a devastating earthquake struck Haiti near Port-au-Prince in January 2010, many governments and organizations around the world responded to the country’s appeals for humanitarian assistance. K4Health answered the call by rapidly developing the Haiti Relief Toolkit, an online collection of general disaster relief guidelines and tools, up-to-the-minute Haiti-specific information, and real-time knowledge-sharing mechanisms for concerned family and friends overseas and relief workers on the ground. In the weeks following the Toolkit’s launch, K4Health received more than 50 posts on the Toolkit’s discussion board suggesting additional resources, requesting information on additional topics, and providing feedback about the Toolkit.