Monday, November 24, 2014

Haiti is not napping! - Columns - JamaicaObserver.com

Haiti is not napping! - Columns - JamaicaObserver.com: " I was sorry she was not in the room last Wednesday when a group of brilliant, caring individuals -- black, white and in-between -- gathered at the Hotel Karibe in Port-au-Prince for a working session of the Haiti Action Network, organised by the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

Denis O'Brien, chairman of Digicel, who has been partnering with the CGI in development programmes, noted that an MOU had been signed for the development of two cruise ports, and American Airlines had started flights to Cap Haitien in the north. The World Bank has also made a US$50-million grant to provide safe drinking water. Facilitated by CGI, the Marriott Group and Digicel have partnered in developing a hotel property in Port-au-Prince to be opened next February."



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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Storytelling trumps smartphones in Ebola crisis, experts say | Reuters

Storytelling trumps smartphones in Ebola crisis, experts say | Reuters: " S torytelling and plays trump smartphones to deliver messages on Ebola in some communities, illustrating how new technologies have their limits in aid delivery, humanitarian experts said on Wednesday."



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Philanthropy & Hurricane Sandy | GrantCraft

Philanthropy & Hurricane Sandy | GrantCraft:



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Burroughs Wellcome Fund Fighting Ebola with Research | GrantCraft

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Fighting Ebola with Research | GrantCraft: "The World Health Organization predicts that the Ebola virus could spread to as many as 1.4 million people worldwide. Helping to advance the development of therapies and diagnostics to fight this deadly virus are a number of Burroughs Wellcome Fund awardees. These scientists were funded, however, not because of their Ebola research projects, but because of the problem-solving and innovative thinking they bring to the research enterprise."



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Trends in Ebola Relief Funding | GrantCraft

Some additional articles on Ebola Fundraising

Trends in Ebola Relief Funding | GrantCraft: "An analysis of figures compiled by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (OCHA) Financial Tracking Service shows that the global response to OCHA’s billion dollar appeal for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been an outlier. For example, looking at just  funding (not including uncommitted pledges) from  private individuals and organizations, we see that the current appeal for assistance in West Africa has yielded a fraction of what was raised for the Haitian and Japanese earthquakes and the typhoon that devastated the Philippines:"



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Aid Groups Say Quarantines Are Deterring Ebola Volunteers – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Aid Groups Say Quarantines Are Deterring Ebola Volunteers – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has seen a significant drop-off in the number of health workers enlisting in the fight against Ebola in recent weeks, a decline medical charities attribute in part to the quarantines some states are imposing on volunteers returning from the outbreak zone, NPR reports. USAID said applications to serve in West Africa are down 17 percent since late October, when New York and New Jersey became the first states to implement three-week isolation periods for Ebola workers."



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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Billionaire Paul Allen donates 10,000 smartphones to the Ebola battle | Fox News

Billionaire Paul Allen donates 10,000 smartphones to the Ebola battle | Fox News: "Billionaire Paul Allen is sending more than 10,000 smartphones to West Africa to help in the battle against Ebola.

The Microsoft co-founder’s Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is providing the specially-programmed phones in an attempt to help government workers and aid volunteers gather data about the effectiveness of relief efforts in the disease-ravaged region."



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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Google launches public fundraising campaign to fight Ebola | UK Fundraising

Google launches public fundraising campaign to fight Ebola | UK Fundraising: "4
Google is inviting the public to donate to help fight Ebola. For every dollar donated it will donate $2.

The company has already donated $10 million to support NGOs including InSTEDD, International Rescue Committee, Medecins Sans Frontieres, NetHope, Partners in Health, Save the Children and U.S. Fund for UNICEF. The money will be donated to Network for Good, which will distribute the funds to the NGOs.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Why Americans are giving so little money to the Red Cross for Ebola relief - Quartz

Why Americans are giving so little money to the Red Cross for Ebola relief - Quartz: "To date, the American Red Cross has raised $3.7 million for the Ebola relief effort in West Africa. That’s a very small figure, compared to donations for major natural disasters. In general, Americans donate several orders of magnitude more to the Red Cross for disasters than they do for serious diseases like Ebola, measles, and malaria."



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Friday, November 07, 2014

Facebook urges 1.2bn users to fight Ebola with new donation button — RT USA

Facebook urges 1.2bn users to fight Ebola with new donation button — RT USA: "The button, now appearing at the top of the Facebook news feed for its 1.23 billion users, shows a blue hand clasping a red heart with the inscription: “[User name], You Can Help Stop Ebola.” Underneath is written the statement, “Support organizations working in West Africa so they can stop the disease and save lives.”"



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Friday, October 31, 2014

Scots urged to back Ebola appeal - Health / News / The Courier

Scots urged to back Ebola appeal - Health / News / The Courier: "Scots have been urged to give generously to a fundraising appeal for people affected by the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in Scotland said some affected areas face catastrophe within 60 days unless urgent action is taken."



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Over £6m raised in first day of DEC's Ebola Crisis Appeal

Over £6m raised in first day of DEC's Ebola Crisis Appeal: "More than £6m has been raised by the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Ebola Crisis Appeal since the appeal's launch yesterday.
Funds were raised through web, phone and text donations and UK government support, the organisation said today.

Saleh Saeed, chief executive of DEC, said: "We have been overwhelmed by the extraordinary generosity of the UK public in response to our unprecedented appeal for the Ebola Crisis in west Africa.""



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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Red Cross launches mobile app on disasters | The Jakarta Post

Red Cross launches mobile app on disasters | The Jakarta Post: "The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has launched an Android-based mobile application that helps users anticipate natural disasters and share disaster-related information.

The app, called Mass Rapid Assessment (MRA), was launched during a seminar on IT-Telekom and people's disaster preparedness and resilience in South Jakarta on Thursday."



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London volunteers launch fundraising drive to help fight Ebola | Metro

London volunteers launch fundraising drive to help fight Ebola | Metro: "London volunteers launch fundraising drive to help fight Ebola"



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Ebola outbreak fails to generate donations for emergency aid - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ebola outbreak fails to generate donations for emergency aid - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Ebola outbreak fails to generate donations for emergency aid
Strong connection with victims absent"



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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Red Cross Uses Texts as a Weapon in West Africa Ebola Fight – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Red Cross Uses Texts as a Weapon in West Africa Ebola Fight – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Red Cross Uses Texts as a Weapon in West Africa Ebola Fight
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is using mobile communication to help stem the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone, sending out millions of text messages a month carrying health tips to the country’s residents, NPR reports."



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» American Red Cross Responds to Inaccuracies in ProPublica and NPR Stories

» American Red Cross Responds to Inaccuracies in ProPublica and NPR Stories: "American Red Cross Responds to Inaccuracies in ProPublica and NPR Stories
Posted on October 29th, 2014 by Laura Howe
This morning, NPR and ProPublica published stories detailing criticisms of the Red Cross response to Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac. The matrix below documents information provided to these news outlets that was omitted in their reporting."



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The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster - ProPublica

The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster - ProPublica: "The modern-day Red Cross was created by congressional charter more than a century ago and plays a unique part in responding to disasters. The iconic charity has a government mandate to work alongside the Federal Emergency Management Agency in relief efforts.
The Red Cross has endured patches of trouble in the recent past. It faced allegations of financial mismanagement after Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina and a series of chief executives were forced to resign. Congress forced an overhaul. The Red Cross recruited McGovern to the top job in 2008."



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Student creates Ebola campaign - The Shorthorn : Life + Entertainment

Student creates Ebola campaign - The Shorthorn : Life + Entertainment: "The electrical engineering graduate student manages multiple informative Facebook pages and now started a campaign to raise Ebola awareness. He hopes that he can make students aware of the disease and its symptoms."



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World Aid Groups Scramble to Raise Money for Ebola Orphans in Africa - NBC News.com

World Aid Groups Scramble to Raise Money for Ebola Orphans in Africa - NBC News.com: "UNICEF, the United Nations' children's body, is also running a campaign to attract donors to fight Ebola. Its U.S. Fund advertises that it will match every dollar, thanks to a $3.6 million gift from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. It has so far raised $12.7 million but has already maxed out on the gift."



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Ebola fundraising appeal launched by Disasters and Emergency Committee - Wales Online

Ebola fundraising appeal launched by Disasters and Emergency Committee - Wales Online: "A massive fundraising appeal has been launched to help tackle the Ebola crisis in Africa due to the “unprecedented” scale of the outbreak.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) announced the launch, marking the first time in its 50-year history that the DEC has appealed in response to a disease outbreak.

The DEC Appeal in Wales is led by aid agencies Christian Aid, Tearfund, CAFOD, Oxfam Cymru, British Red Cross, Save the Children, Islamic Relief and Age Cymru."



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