The Future Of Humanitarianism

The Future Of Humanitarianism. The Huffington Post, March 28, 2017.

Challenges remain for today’s volunteers on the frontlines of humanitarian settings.

Humanitarian analysts seem to agree the aid system may be dated around its origins after World War II. Today’s humanitarian crises are different, however, and are shifting toward conflict and environmental crises, according to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) course in Health and Humanitarian Crises. They still have unmet needs.


Image of drone technology use in disaster relief.

Unique innovations, some being detailed in my LSHTM course, include everything from biodegradable toilets to drones supplying remote settings.

Here is a breakdown of 5 innovations that can help embolden the future of humanitarianism:

2. Peepoo – Another innovation, Peepoo, a portable toilet with biodegradable bags, “provides dignity, privacy, and a safer alternative to the shared latrines often available in refugee camp settings,” according to the LSHTM course. Currently, Peepoo is used in ten low-income countries throughout the world, five of which have unfolding humanitarian crises. The Peepoo kit comes with a portable seat, 28 biodegradable collection bags, as well as hygiene supplies, such as soap and buckets.

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