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In words: The spread of Lassa Fever in rural Nigeria
A collection of eye witness accounts from frontline staff on the Start Fund awarded response to a Lassa Fever outbreak in Nigeria.
An under the radar crisis
In late January, Start Network member ALIMA alerted the Start Fund to a Lassa Fever outbreak in Nigeria. The Start Fund's MEAL advisor, Ian Sim-Cox Heath, and Start Fund programme officer Anne Noirhomme, give their first hand account of the Start Fund awarded response on the ground.
Can humanitarians really forecast man-made disasters?
The Start Fund responds to humanitarian crises - from conflict and displacement to flooding, cyclones, disease outbreaks. But when the Start Fund began formally and regularly releasing aid in anticipation of crises in 2016, it was a common assumption that our network would only be able to release funding in anticipation of natural hazards. After all, violence, conflict and displacement are too uncertain to forecast and release aid on the basis of those forecasts, right?
Forecast based early action in flood prone Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, acting before a crisis is not a new idea. In this piece, Md Jafar Iqbal, Programme Manager - Emergency Response at CARE Bangladesh explores some of the barriers and opportunities around scaling early action in the country.
Professionalising dispensing services
When Mohammad Arifur Rahaman’s uncle died after being mis-prescribed medicine for his joint pain, it was a trigger for the entrepreneur to do something to prevent other needless tragedies. Read his innovation story.
A disaster response inspired by basketball
SolveX38 is an intelligent flood warning and monitoring system providing real-time information to communities at risk from flooding. The system monitors water level rises in rivers and when it reaches a critical level, computes the time before floodwaters reach the community, allowing them to take action.
A lifeline from floating waste
A coastal environment in trouble, increasingly prone to flooding and littered with plastic debris. A community with limited resources to protect themselves in times of disaster. Not a healthy combination. Yet, within this sorry scenario, a group of innovators saw an opportunity: affordable personal flotation devices. Read more.
Disaster preparedness with a difference
The Philippines is at high risk from cyclones, earthquakes, floods, landslides, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and wildfires with 74 per cent of the population vulnerable to their impact. The Disaster Preparedness Simulator uses augmented reality as a novel tool for communities to experience and learn from authentic disaster scenarios and improve preparedness. Read more about the innovation.