Once you get past the short term emergency, basic life-sustaining relief efforts, what does the transition to recovery look like? After water, food, sanitation are improved, what becomes the big challenge next?
This is an important question to start addressing from the very beginning. What is important is to work on the resumption of basic social services so there is a sense of normalcy and children can access these services. Amongst the most importance, is the resumption of education so that children are in a familiar environment and begin the healing process. In addition, children will need pyschosocial support, to deal with the stress that they have been under, including the possible loss of lives in their families and loved ones. We also need to start looking at early recovery and reconstruction activities from the get go, starting with water systems but also looking at health and education infrastructure.
[ETHIOPIA] Parts of Ethiopia are still reeling from the effects of recent drought, flooding, conflict or a combination of the three, resulting in increased numbers of children dropping out of school, say officials. At least 385,000 school-children need “emergency education assistance this school year”, Alexandra Westerbeek, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) communication manager in Ethiopia, told IRIN. “In addition, 70,000 children among [the] refugee population also need emergency education assistance.
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Podcast moderator Amy Costello speaks with Patrick Meier, the Director of Crisis Mapping and Strategic Partnerships at Ushahidi and a Co-Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning and Sree Sreenivasan, a journalism educator at Columbia University and a tech reporter for DNAinfo.com about the use of technology for crisis mapping in disaster areas.”