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Towards a Major Public Health Milestone: Sierra Leone's Progress towards Eliminating River Blindness

River blindness (onchocerciasis) has been known to humankind since “biblical times”. It was second only to cataract as a cause of blindness in Sierra Leone until recently – It used to be so common in some highly-affected riverside villages that people accepted the inevitability of visual impairment from their mid-30s.

Reflections from UNLEASH LAB 2017

1,000 talents, 129 countries, nine days, one challenge: to create something that helps achieve the SDGs. For my group, that was SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. So much of this process seems daunting. 1,000 people?! What are we going to create? How will it be for strangers from different countries and cultures to work together? How can I even begin to make a difference toward achieving access to energy for all in just 5 days? 

Hurricane Harvey: What I Can Do to Help?

Written by Episcopal Relief & Development President, Robert W. Radkte 

As the scope and devastation of Hurricane Harvey became apparent, my email box began to fill with some version of: “What can I do to help?” I praise God for these emails.

When we see images of people suffering, we want to do something. That’s understandable. As Christians, we are called to seek and serve Christ in all people and never more so than in times of crisis.

Waiting anxiously for evacuees

By Ridwan Adhami for Islamic Relief USA. Omar Nassimi contributed to this blog.

I’m standing in the middle of a convention center in Dallas and there are cots lined up as far as I can see.

Almost all of them are still empty because people still can’t get out of Houston to get here.

Heart to Heart International Responds to Hurricane Harvey

This blog was written by Steven Hammerli.
Hurricane Harvey became the nation’s first Category 4 landfall in almost 12 years, hammering the Texas Gulf Coast with an extremely dangerous combination of torrential rainfall, storm-surge flooding and destructive winds this weekend.

Harvey is expected to stall for a few days, leading to dangerous flooding in Texas and Louisiana.

Giving Children Hope Responds to Devastating Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of Texas with winds up to 130 mph and rain levels hitting record highs on Friday. Throughout the day, we remained in contact with our partners in the Houston area to better understand the damage and the needs.

After discussing with our partners throughout the weekend, we knew we would be preparing relief items to send to victims of the hurricane. With 24 years of experience responding to natural disasters both internationally and domestically, we aim to provide ongoing relief and most-needed support for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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