South Sudan – When Can Organizations Return?

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For those who recently left the country, this is now the number one question.

Scanning the rolling news channels may not provide an immediate answer, as television reports paint a rather confused picture of tribal fighting that seems to ebb and flow (hardly surprising since ‘confused’ accurately describes the situation in South Sudan right now). Read full blog post »

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Typhoon Haiyan: Safeguarding Staff in Times of Turmoil

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“There’s no place in the world where there are no business travelers.”

This quote came from an interview Patrick Deroose, a colleague of mine who is a logistical genius who has shaped the assistance industry, did with New York Times travel business columnist Joe Sharkey. That’s certainly the case as we assist travelers even in the Philippines where Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit in more remote parts of the country. Read full blog post »

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With Confederations Cup in the Rear-View, Brazil Looks to the World Cup

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The 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil had been anticipated as a full dress rehearsal for next year’s World Cup. But was it? What lessons were learned that will allow international visitors to have an easier time next summer? Read full blog post »

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After the Hajj, Health Officials on the Lookout

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As an estimated 3 million Muslims return from Mecca and Medina from the hajj, health officials around the world are on the lookout for any signs of The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The illness has caused more than 100 cases and 45 deaths since it surfaced in 2012. Read full blog post »

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A Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa: Common Tripwires to Avoid

The Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa from the International Monetary Fund paints a fairly rosy projection for Sub-Saharan Africa. It predicts a moderate, broad-based acceleration in growth to around 5½ percent in 2013-14. It also notes that investment in export-oriented sectors remains an important economic driver and that an agricultural rebound in drought-affected areas will help growth. Read full blog post »

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Golden Rules to Travel By: Advice for Women, Part 2

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Last week, Megan Carr, Director of Nursing, Operations at International SOS took you through some health issues that women need to be mindful of when traveling. This week, I’ll share with you 5 Golden Rules that we covered in a recent webinar: “Safe and Savvy Summer Traveler: Promoting Security Awareness for Women.” Read full blog post »

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Because 200 Million Is Too Many: Recognizing World Malaria Day

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About 3.3 billion people, half of the world’s population, are at risk of malaria. As we recognize World Malaria Day on April 25, it’s important to remember that this disease, which is spread by mosquitoes, infects 219 million people each year. And according to the World Health Organization, it kills 660,000 of them. Read full blog post »

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