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Myths and Realities in Disaster Situations

Sharing an informative snippets from the World Health Organization about Emergency Humanitarian Assistance (myth versus reality). This was originally shared and posted from my other blog – www.mumkhal.com.

Myth # 1:

Foreign medical volunteers with any kind of medical background are needed.

Reality:

The local almost always covers immediate lifesaving needs. Only medical personnel with skills that are not available in the affected country may be needed.

Myth # 2:

Any kind of international assistance is needed and it’s needed now!

Reality:

A hasty response that is not based on an impartial evaluation only contributes to the chaos. It is better to wait until genuine needs have been assessed.

Myth # 3:

Epidemics and plagues are inevitable after every disaster.

Reality:

Epidemics do no spontaneously occur after a disaster and dead bodies will not lead to catastrophic outbreaks of exotic diseases. The key to preventing disease is to improve sanitary conditions and educate the public.

Myth # 4:

Disasters bring out the worst in human behaviour.

Reality:

Although isolated cases of antisocial behaviour exists, the majority of people respond spontaneously and generously.

Myth # 5:

The affected population is too shocked and helpless to take responsibility for their own survival.

Reality:

On the contrary, many find new strength during an emergency, as evidenced by the thousands of volunteers who flock to the disaster site, looking for ways to help.

Myth # 6:

Disasters are random killers.

Reality:

Disasters strike hardest at the most vulnerable group, the poor – especially women, children and the elderly.

Myth # 7:

Locating disaster victims in temporary settlement is the best alternative.

Reality:

It should be the last alternative. Many agencies use funds normally spent for tents to purchase building materials, tools, and other construction-related support in the affected country.

Myth # 8:

Things are back to normal within a few weeks.

Reality:

The effects of a disaster last a long time. Disaster-affected countries deplete much of their financial and material resources in the immediate post-impact phase. Successful relief programs gear their operations to the fact that international interest wanes as needs and shortages become more pressing.

Source: Emergency Humanitarian Assistance, World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Western Pacific. Action, Preparedness, Collaboration Fact Sheets. Manila: WHO-WPRO. 2005.

Activities You Can Do While Visiting Orphanages

While visiting the orphanages, you can do lots of such activities that can amuse the kids. Let’s have a look on some of these activities which can create fun and enjoyment among children of orphanages;

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Face and Nail Painting

Children really like face and nail painting and enjoy this activity very much. You can select any theme to paint the faces and nails of children. Colorful nails

Colorful Hand

Another great activity that you can do in orphanages is applying different colors to the hand of children and asks them to paste these hands on some charts and wallpapers. Children love to do this colorful hands activity.

Soccer Games

Soccer game in one of those activities in which children want to participate enthusiastically. You can make soccer teams of children who are living in orphanages and can organize competitions among these teams. This could be a full day activity with lots of fun and enjoyment.

Jumping Rope

kids love physical activities but children in orphanages have very limited options in terms of games and other physical activities. So, if you are planning to visit an orphanage, the jumping rope can be definitely an amusing activity for the orphans.

Water Fights (in the summer)

If you are planning to visit an orphanage in the summer, you can select water fight activity to please the children of orphanages. This will be a great memorable fun for the children.

Story telling

You can plan a story telling activity with the kids. Show them some pictures and ask them to make a story. You can also tell an interesting story to them, which they can enjoy.

You can plan different activities according the age of the children. Younger children can enjoy poem singing and painting too.

Zero fireworks-related injury this year (hopefully)

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Image credit: N and People’s Tonight Editorial Cartoon, Oct. 15, 2016 issue

Time and again, the government through the Department of Health (DOH) has been warning the public against indiscriminate lighting of fireworks and firecrackers (and indiscriminate firing of guns) when Christmas and Holiday season nears. This year, I’m looking forward to the news that firecrackers will be banned nationwide. This is a welcome news to every one who detests the bad effects of fireworks and firecrackers to health and the environment. As a former newspaper reporter, I was assigned to cover the DOH for several years and had witnessed the gruesome effects of firecracker and fireworks explosion to its victims – those who lighted the firecrackers and the unsuspecting bystanders.

The DOH is targeting a zero fireworks-related injury this year. It is also supportive of  the community fireworks display while encouraging everyone particularly parents to discouraged their children to use and light firecrackers and fireworks for their safety.