Friday, June 9, 2017

June 15, 2017. Virtual disaster housing industry forum

What: Virtual disaster housing industry forum
Time: 2 to 4 p.m. eastern
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017
FEMA is hosting a virtual industry forum for members of the private sector and academic institutions that have new and innovative solutions for providing temporary living facilities following a disaster.
Participants can present via a web-based platform and phone call.
  • The virtual housing industry forum is open to both for and non-profit organizations, trade associations or academic institutions who may be able to provide temporary living facilities following a disaster.
  • Interested participants should already have a proto-type of a fully-formed design concept for disaster housing units.
  • The ideal housing units can be used anywhere from six to 18 months following a disaster and can be used in a variety of climates.
  • Participants can submit up to five power point slides to present. Presentations will be limited to 10 minutes or less.
  • This call for presentations does not imply or guarantee a contract or intent to purchase. This call is being conducted to identify diverse options that may be unknown to FEMA.
  • Presentations should be submitted no later than noon (eastern) on Tuesday, June 13. Presentation times and call-in information will be sent to those participating on June 13.
Those who are interested in participating or who have questions should contact FEMA-Housing-Assistance-Initiative@fema.dhs.gov.

Best regards,

FEMA Private Sector Division

NIH. Healthy volunteers needed for a study on brain activity when you are performing certain tasks.

“Healthy volunteers needed for a study on brain activity when you are performing certain tasks.”

The purpose of this study is to learn more about brain activity when you are performing certain tasks. Participants will have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to look at brain areas that are active when these are exposed to different conditions. The study requires one or two outpatient visits to the NIH Clinical Center. Compensation may be provided.

You may be eligible to participate if you:
  • Are 21 to 60 years old
  • Drink alcohol daily or almost daily (15 + drinks/week for females and 20 + drinks/week for males)
  • Are not seeking treatment for drinking alcohol
  • Are right-handed
You may not be eligible if you:
  • Have a current problem of drug abuse
  • Have metals in your body such as pacemakers, medication pumps, aneurysm clips or other metals that would make an MRI unsafe
  • Have colorblindness
Location: The NIH Clinical Center, America’s research hospital, is located on the Metro red line (Medical Center stop) in Bethesda, Maryland.

For more information, call:
Office of Patient Recruitment
1-866-444-1132
TTY: 1-866-411-1010
Online: https://go.usa.gov/xXYXf
Study #14-AA-0094




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90% of health care workers at 2 facilities in Ghana were not adequately trained to handle suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases when researchers interviewed them in late 2015



EBOLA

Unprepared

More than 90% of health care workers at 2 facilities in Ghana were not adequately trained to handle suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases when researchers interviewed them in late 2015, says a new BioMed Central study.

Researchers administered a questionnaire—adapted from WHO and CDC Ebola preparedness checklists—to 101 health care workers. Only 26% of participants believed their facilities were properly equipped to handle EVD, and only 9% were able to identify the disinfectant to use after patient contact. Fewer than half of the workers were willing to attend to a patient who might have EVD.

BioMed Central

June 2017. How to Fix the Broken Humanitarian System

http://www.thelancet.com/series/health-in-humanitarian-crises?utm_source=Global+Health+NOW+Main+List&utm_campaign=15d9ecdf55-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8d0d062dbd-15d9ecdf55-875135


How to Fix the Broken Humanitarian System: A Q&A with Paul Spiegel

Last night the Lancet published a multi-part series on humanitarian response. It couldn’t be more timely as the world struggles with multiple crises that have forced tens of millions of people from their homes—a scale unseen since World War II.

Unfortunately, the humanitarian response system designed to help them is broken, says Paul Spiegel, author of an article in the series.

Reconfiguring humanitarian response to make it more coordinated and effective in dealing with prolonged crises like that of Syria is essential for the future, says Spiegel, director of the Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

What’s needed? Stronger command and control of response, integration of displaced people into local economies and national health systems and fewer organizations involved in response, says Spiegel in a GHN Q&A.

Brian W. Simpson, Global Health NOW