Women leaders in fostering community resilience…

Disasters do not discriminate, but unless inclusion rightly mainstreamed humanitarian assistance to affected population may lead to discrimination and result in hampered community resilience, retard recovery and tearing social fabric. It was towards the end of the second week of November in 2019, Neera was chewing a mouthful of betel leaves, squatting on the doorstep... Continue Reading →

Changement de comportement à l’âge de COVID-19…

Au cours de ma carrière humanitaire qui a duré 17 ans, j'ai été impliqué dans plusieurs réponses aux principales flambées épidémiques mondiales: Ebola, fièvre de Lassa, dengue et maintenant COVID-19. Devoir mener une riposte au niveau national à cette pandémie s'est avéré être une expérience intense. Il était nécessaire de mettre au point une réponse... Continue Reading →

Communication with Communities: Behavioural Change in the Times of Pandemic

Response to public health emergencies requires changes in regular behavioural patterns. Encouraging these changes requires coordination and an understanding of the culture and communities affected.  During my seventeen-year humanitarian career, I have been involved in several responses to major worldwide disease outbreaks: Ebola, Lassa fever, Dengue, and now COVID-19. Having to lead a national-level response... Continue Reading →

Being a refugee should not be a reason to deny the access to heath-care, amid a pandemic that affects people across the world disproportionally and indiscriminately

Walking through the muddy paths between the long-houses, hearing the infants cry and seeing boys and girls fetching water, men sitting and desperately looking up at the empty sky which held  all their hopes , children playing in the stagnated  greenish water behind common toilets and water points, and then again hearing Dhuhr payers fusing... Continue Reading →

Capitalizing on lessons in the past: Understanding the information ecology and investing in communication are key to a sustainable behavioural impact in COVID-19 prevention and containment.

Amid a worldwide pandemic, with cities and even entire countries  in lock down, many of us are in  regions that have already been severely affected by COVID-19, and others are bracing for what will come. And all of us are watching the news or reading newspapers and wondering, “What is going to happen to the... Continue Reading →

Post Colonial Pettah- (Colombo 13)

At the hour of golden rays of dying Sun, Fusing with symphonies of returning crows, Inhaling poisoned air with fading flowers, She walks along crowded street with eagle eyes. Roaring scream of rolling wheels on dusty roads, With the barbaric beat of Kottu maker’s plates, rapping words emitting from the lottery huts, composing a song for satanic move... Continue Reading →

Bayan- an exploration of life

“When my trembling fingers were no longer able to press the keys as hard as I used to, my old ears failed to follow my melodies, my bayan began to change its rhythm and tone. I felt that it had become familiar with my trembling fingers and faulty hearing, and composed a melody that did... Continue Reading →

Along the footpaths of Orwell and Neruda…

A couple of weeks has passed since the Irrawaddy literary festival which attracts writers and publishers around the world to Myanmar, an east Asian nation that has contributed enormously to global literature since its colonial times.  As an author who had spent a few years, hearing the life changing encounters of famous authors such as... Continue Reading →

Ebola outbreak in DRC.. a regional emergency?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) does not qualify as an international threat, even though cases have been confirmed in neighbouring Uganda."It was the view of the committee that the outbreak is a health emergency in DRC and the region, but does not meet... Continue Reading →

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