Category Archives: Humanitarian

MIT Researchers Respond to Hurricanes Irma and Maria

MIT Researchers Respond to Hurricanes Irma and Maria

As Hurricane Irma approached the Caribbean, public and private supply chains already affected and stretched thin by Hurricane Harvey had to ramp up again. Coordination was even more critical in order to leverage all available logistics capacity in meeting human needs. MIT’s Humanitarian Response Lab joined the effort, operating from the Federal Emergency Management AgencyRead More

Packaging Changes Can Improve Food Assistance Delivery, Study Finds

Packaging Changes Can Improve Food Assistance Delivery, Study Finds

A study carried out by a team from the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) program, found that changing the type of packaging used in food assistance programs can reduce spoilage, cut costs, and improve the delivery of life-saving shipments. CITE is the first program dedicated to developing methods for product evaluation in global development.Read More

Harvey and Irma Delivered Some Harsh Planning Lessons

Harvey and Irma Delivered Some Harsh Planning Lessons

Devastating hurricanes such as Katrina, Sandy and now Harvey and Irma are forces of nature that can’t be stopped by us mere mortals. But we can at least stop intensifying their impact through a lack of foresight. Our hearts go out to the citizens of Houston and Florida as they continue to dig out fromRead More

Does Your Supply Chain Risk Management Strategy Hold Water?

Does Your Supply Chain Risk Management Strategy Hold Water?

Companies have come a long way in their ability to manage supply chain risk, but they urgently need to step-up their efforts in one key area: the threats posed by water scarcity. The Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) 2016 Annual Report of Corporate Water Disclosure, published in November 2016, provides a wake-up call. A total ofRead More

Supply Chain Remedies Can Help to Combat Malaria

Supply Chain Remedies Can Help to Combat Malaria

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly half of the world’s population is at risk for malaria, a life-threatening, but ultimately curable and preventable disease spread by mosquitos. Malaria rapid diagnostic tests are an important part of the fight against the disease, but according to new research from MIT, supply chain challenges keep these testsRead More