Category Archives: Humanitarian

Cargo Flight Launches a Vital Link in the Ebola Response Effort

Cargo Flight Launches a Vital Link in the Ebola Response Effort

A shipment of medical equipment that arrived on January 12, 2015, in Monrovia, Liberia, from Miami, US, will enable 25 government hospitals to receive infection control training, helping the facilities which were partially or fully closed owing to the Ebola crisis to recommence regular operations. Many resources in the Ebola response effort have appropriately focusedRead More

When the Heavy Hand of Government is Not a Burden

When the Heavy Hand of Government is Not a Burden

I’m no fan of Big Government, but there are some cases where a system-wide view is much more efficient than a localized, distributed view. An example in the supply chain space is US maritime policy. A broader, and more topical example, is managing the Ebola crisis. Americans have an almost visceral dislike for large, centralizedRead More

Commercial Air Cancellations Quarantine Ebola Supplies

Commercial Air Cancellations Quarantine Ebola Supplies

Today’s post was written by Dr. Jarrod Goentzel, Director of the MIT Humanitarian Response Lab. It was originally posted on the Humanitarian @ MIT blog. Nine pallets of caps, gowns, boots, and masks are sitting at the JFK airport in New York City awaiting the next available flight to West Africa. This might appear to beRead More

Tracking the Response to Typhoon Haiyan

Tracking the Response to Typhoon Haiyan

Today’s post was written by Dr. Jarrod Goentzel, Director of the MIT Humanitarian Response Lab. It was originally posted on the Humanitarian @ MIT blog. After Super Typhoon Haiyan struck, I saw several images, videos, and anecdotes that made my gut ache. People in crowded clinics waiting for medicine to arrive, others congregating around scarce waterRead More

Malaysia a Key Link in Asia’s Disaster Resilience Plan

This post was published in the summer 2013 issue of the MIT SCALE Network electronic newsletter Supply Chain Frontiers. Subscribe to this free publication and access current and past issues here. Asia accounts for an estimated 86% of the reported disaster victims worldwide[1]. How can the region build the capacity it needs to respond effectivelyRead More