Day after day, I continue to be struck by the dignity and positivity of people, and their ability to cope, in what is often the direst of circumstances – most recently in Libya, Yemen, Iraq and Nigeria.
Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is prevalent in all the complex emergencies and natural disasters where IOM works. It is one of the most widespread but least-recognized human rights abuses in the world, affecting individuals and communities everywhere.
Understanding what people need during a crisis is an essential practice for humanitarians. Assessments have been there since the development of professionalized humanitarian response from the floods of Pakistan, to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
IOM has joined the WHO, The Global Fund (for AIDS, TB and Malaria), the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and other partners on World Malaria Day (25 April) to call for renewed efforts to prevent and eliminate the disease, which continues to kill over 400,000 people every year.
High fever, nausea, alternating chills and sweats – these are just a few of the symptoms of malaria, which is deadly for thousands of South Sudanese each year without access to simple lifesaving treatment.
St Patrick was Migrant. More than that, Ireland’s patron saint, whose feast day is celebrated across the world today was a victim of trafficking, kidnapped from France and brought to Ireland as a slave, where he tended sheep on a lonely mountain.