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Monday, Nov 12, 2012

Fighting Pneumonia, the Preventable Killer

November 12 is World Pneumonia Day, established in 2009 to raise global awareness and advocacy around a disease that is the leading killer of children under age five worldwide. The event is led by the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia, a group of about 140 government agencies and 

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Friday, Nov 02, 2012

Healing a Hurting World in the Aftermath of Sandy, Part 2

Most disasters have three distinct, if sometimes overlapping phases: Rescue, Relief and Recovery. The Rescue phase is focused on saving lives and securing property, and is most acute in those parts of our region that were directly flooded or destroyed by fires.  This work is generally done

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Friday, Nov 02, 2012

Healing a Hurting World in the Aftermath of Sandy, Part 1

We face a difficult and cold weekend here in the Tri-State area. The initial devastation of Hurricane Sandy has been shocking.  Now, however, we are entering a slow-motion disaster as much of the region remains without power, and therefore heat, as the weather cools.  Civil authorities

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Saturday, Oct 27, 2012

Building Trust to Save Lives

It was “In House” this week at Episcopal Relief & Development, which is when all of our staff, including from the Ghana regional office and satellite locations around the US, get together at the church center here in New York.  It’s always exciting to see everyone together

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Thursday, Oct 25, 2012

From Ban Ki-Moon to Adam and Eve

Last week, World Food Day was internationally recognized in a number of ways . However, the biggest celebration (to my knowledge) kicked off in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, with the World Food Prize International Symposium. This annual event brought together over 1,000 dignitaries, politicians, 

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Monday, Oct 15, 2012

Solomon Islands Residents See “The Power of We”

October 15 is Blog Action Day, and this year’s theme is “The Power of We.” I can’t think of a better example of the power of collective spirit than an agricultural initiative in the Solomon Islands.  In the isolated Ontong Java atoll, rising sea levels are both

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