In May 2016, a gathering of global health experts at the World Health Assembly developed and reviewed specific goals in the wake of the more recent humanitarian crisis. A major outcome of the deliberation was a more dedicated commitment to strengthening the infrastructure within the World Health Organization (WHO) and partner organizations before it is able to optimally respond to global crisis.
One problem of great magnitude is the ongoing refugee crisis that has affected millions around the world. In an interview with Conversations on Healthcare, Dr. Emmanuel d’Harcourt describes the refugee experience, and the level of desperation that exists for a family to risk everything, flee their home and find themselves in refugee camps — far away from a life they once knew.
D’Harcourt is the Senior Health Director at the International Rescue Committee, an international aid organization dedicated to mitigating the plight of the world’s 60 million refugees. Dr. d’Harcourt discusses the challenges of coordinating care among the world’s NGOs and the WHO and the need to build a more integrated aid infrastructure.
Here are some key takeaways on how the global response to human crisis can be strengthened from within:
- Good intentions are not enough good intentions can often not necessarily lead to good results so we need to measure, we need to know what’s actually being done and we need to do so in ways that are somewhat independent and objective.
- It is important to understand and take full advantage of the vast wealth that exists in every country in terms of its human resources. Local counterparts and citizens are actually intent on helping themselves than helping others and organizations should focus on enabling an opportunity for people to local citizens to be part of decision making and organizations.
- Transparency among partner organizations in response to crisis is important. A key goal would be to share objectives with others, not unilaterally, but to arrive with other organizations at a common objective.
Catch more of Dr. d’Harcourt’s interview here
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